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Pumwani Maternity Hospital workers turn away pregnant woman from giving birth in the facility

Pumwani Maternity Hospital workers turn away pregnant woman from giving birth in the facility

The woman is alleged to have visited Pumwani Maternity Hospital to seek help but was instead turned away

 

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– She delivered her baby on her own outside the health facility’s gate

– The newborn could be seen on the ground while exposed to the environment.

– Efforts by onlookers to get help from the hospital were futile

Pumwani Maternity Hospital workers turn away pregnant woman from giving birth in the facility
Pumwani Maternity Hospital workers turn away pregnant woman from giving birth in the facility

A viral video of a new mother giving birth to her newborn on her own outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital has stirred an uproar among Kenyans both online and offline.

The woman, who delivered her baby at the hospital’s entrance is alleged to have visited the health facility to seek help but was instead turned away.

 

Uproar as Pumwani Maternity workers lockout woman giving birth from facility
The woman delivered her newborn baby on her own outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
Source: Twitter

In the video shared on Twitter by a user identified as Syombua Kibue on Friday, September 18, the newborn could be seen lying on the ground while exposed to the environment.

“While Senate and Governors are busy fighting, women who expect services from hospitals like Pumwani are being turned away,” wrote Syombua.
“This is not acceptable. Not in 2020 Imagine when citizens have to fight to get services at a government hospital,” she added.

Efforts by onlookers to get the hospital management to help the women were futile as the health facility did not immediately respond to their requests.

To draw the staff’s attention, bystanders who had surrounded the woman who was still on the ground started screaming and shouting for the baby to be rescued but it was in vain.

To save the baby, women gathering around the new mom covered it with lesos to protect it from the scorching Nairobi sun.

Pumwani Maternity Hospital workers turn away pregnant woman from giving birth in the facility

Internet users called on leaders who demanded respect for mothers when the founding First lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta was attacked to use the same energy to fight for the new mom.

“It is so sickening to imagine this is Kenya, 2020,” wrote Odhiambo Wambura.
“To imagine Kenyans support every other initiative, even by the First Lady, to better the health care system, more so for our mothers, is so disappointing. Such a joke of a government,” he added.

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