Gov. Mike Sonko stated he went to the Pumwani Maternity Hospital on Monday after he obtained studies of negligence and of staff carrying our bodies from hospital rooms.
“Throughout the impromptu go to, I uncovered 12 our bodies of infants who died on the hospital mysteriously and their our bodies hidden in packing containers and paper baggage inside a room,” Sonko stated in an announcement.
In a confrontation captured on video and shared on-line, the governor stormed into the hospital and demanded to know what number of kids died that day. A hospital worker instructed him just one has died since Friday, however the governor stated he is been instructed the quantity is larger.
“Do not play with me, I’ve data on six our bodies,” Sonko stated in Swahili. “You instructed me there’s just one, what number of lifeless infants are there?”
Sonko ordered an worker to open a number of packing containers and plastic baggage that had been sitting in a room, and so they counted 12 our bodies.
“This can be a police case. You can’t lose 12 infants in a day. … You are hiding our bodies in plastic baggage. … these are human beings,” Sonko stated.
Hospitals are overburdened and underfunded
It was not instantly clear what killed the infants or what occurred to their moms. CNN has reached out to Pumwani Maternity Hospital.
The governor stated he is suspended a number of prime hospital officers following the incident, together with the superintendent, the administrator and the ob-gyn doctor on responsibility.
Public hospitals in Kenya have a historical past of neglect and mismanagement, with a well being care system that is overcrowded, overburdened and underfunded. Final 12 months, the remedy on the nation’s hospitals virtually floor to a halt when medical doctors and nurses went on strike for months attributable to low pay and poor working circumstances.
Kenyan officers have demanded modifications following the governor’s go to to the hospital.
“The state of affairs unearthed at Pumwani is saddening, heartbreaking and undeserving to any household,” Nairobi Sen. Johnson Sakaja tweeted. “Spoken to DCI (director of prison investigations) to research involved events on the deaths of the infants in addition to allegations of kid trafficking and child swaps.”