Cnyakundi.com covered the first part where negligence, poor working conditions, and mistreatment lead to deaths of staff members at Kenyatta National Hospital.
This is the second part.
So the issue of lack of oxygen in KNH, that was previously highlighted, is now taking a new turn. Everyone in the hospital is complaining and questioning why the situation has to exist in KNH at a time like this when oxygen is highly needed the most in the hospital. Staff continue to die in large numbers still. The management remains arrogant about the happenings. It’s only God who can help at this stage. Three issues unfold:
a) Doctors’ strike
There has been misreporting by KNH management to paint a bad picture to the doctors who are pursuing their masters in UoN, and study as they work in KNH. Senior doctors in the hospital are unhappy with how the institution is run. Some have even resigned. The CEO takes issues so personal and arrogantly and if he happens not to like you, or if you seem firm in your doings then he starts to fight you from nowhere. He is currently running the institution as his own house where no one should query anything and if you do then he assumes you don’t want to support him. He’s been heard severally saying so loudly that nothing can be done to him na mkitaka endeni mahali mnataka. He once told doctors to go to hell with their complaints. For those who may not be aware, Kamuri has three wives, THREE girlfriends, and several clandes, all of them employees of KNH, which could be the reason why he sometimes mistakes the hospital for his house/bedroom. The numbers increase every time there is an employment opportunity in KNH. He micro manages HR and supplies departments to a point where the people incharge of the dockets are just puppets and toys who just act according to the instructions from THE MIGHTY. Several senior doctors have been threatened and others demoted just because of their stand in quality service delivery and firmness on how things should be done. The boss thrives in shortcuts.
The truth of the matter is the doctors have been having meetings to see how KNH can improve their services and find a way out on how the issue of lack of oxygen which has increased deaths so abnormally can be sorted. They blamed the management for the increased deaths and advised them to take proper measures so as to make sure that the issues don’t continue. The management instead turned against them and immediately and arrogantly terminated their contracts without even following the HR procedures. This is the same thing that happened to madam Mugambi, the former director of nursing who disagreed with him and was dumped to the ministry among others. It’s the trend.
b) Lack of a Board of Management
KNH currently doesn’t have a board of management. The term of the previous board members expired and they are yet to be replaced. It’s only the chairman who is in office since his term started later than the others. This has brought a serious gap in the management since there is no one to oversee what these cartels are doing. The chairman of the board has been termed as a weak one and one who cant querry anything. He sees and hears what is happening but does totally nothing. At this time the business is taking up more hospitals so that the pool of money to fetch from is increased. The union also is quiet and in sleep mode.
Lack of insurance cover for staff
KNH has currently lost many staff to covid. A bigger reason being the issue of lack of oxygen. Even with this, HR and the management are acting very insensitive and inhumane. When the dependents ask for compensation, they are told to wait. Since the start of July, the dependents whose relatives have died cannot and have not been compensated. Two months down the line and to add salt to the injury, they are told by HR that they don’t know when the payment can be done since the hospital doesn’t have insurance cover for the staff. This has been the highest level of negligence. On enquiring further, you are told procurement has not awarded the tender and so there are no insurance covers. This is the third month of such and every day those guys are buying new cars and houses without minding the most sensitive matters of staff and patients honestly. At this point it’s only God who can help. The arrogance and ignorance is majorly because they enjoy protection from the ministry bosses. Procurement department now says they are handling the matter and reliable sources have informed staff that the matter of insurance has a corruption case that is under investigation and the management is busy lobbying and dishing money to silence the case. Every employee is worried about what could happen to them or their dependents incase of the worst. Procurement and HR departments are the worst run in KNH. Because that’s where all the loopholes exist. They’ve made sure they don’t follow the law. Kamuri is the law.Karma will hit them the worst.
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