Chairperson of Parliamentary Committee on Health Sabina Chege wants Director General of Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Major Gen. Mohammed Badi to provide a report on a case of a woman seen on social media delivering on road outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
The Murang’a Woman Representative condemned the incident saying even the details of the vehicle that ferried the lady and driver who dropped the woman near the hospital needed to be known.
NMS, she said, needed to take responsibility and explain why an expecting woman was denied the chance to access the hospital, saying from the clip, it shows no one bothered to assist the woman.
“I have sent some of my women friends to Pumwani to find the details of the woman as we also try to unearth what transpired. Giving birth is a painful exercise and it’s good to know the truth about the clip,” said Chege when she donated an incubator to women groups at Gikandu Location in Kaharu, Murang’a.
She added that the government has a programme that caters for maternity expenses and thus there could be no concrete reason why the woman was left all alone to deliver on road.
“I request Major General Badi who is now in charge of running Nairobi City County to do an investigation and furnish the Parliamentary Committee on health with details about the incident,” she further said.
Chege observed that there is need to take care of expecting mothers saying a small mistake may put the lives of mothers and their infants at risk.
“I hope the woman was assisted and is in a stable condition. Every woman in this country needs respect and care despite her area of origin. Whether you are from Nairobi or any other county, you are supposed to get government services without discrimination,” Chege remarked.
Meanwhile, nine women groups benefited with a Sh100, 000 incubator to boost their project of rearing chicken.
The equipment is earmarked to empower the women at grassroots to generate income through selling of chicken.
The incubator, Chege said, has a capacity to hatch 450 chicks at a time, and urged the women to take care of the equipment as it would go a long way in boosting their income.
By Bernard Munyao