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Senators to summon Sonko over Pumwani maternity hospital saga – KBC

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Senators said Wednesday they will summon Nairobi governor Mike Sonko to shed light on the state of Pumwani maternity hospital.

Three Senate Committees toured the hospital on a fact finding mission barely 48 hours after the discovery of bodies of infants stored in polythene bags, say the hospital is facing a myriad of challenges despite getting an annual allocation.

The lawmakers say the hospital is facing a myriad of challenges despite getting an annual allocation. This happened as yet another family lost their newborn at the facility.

Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja noted the urgent need to address the shortcomings of the hospital to cub maternal and infant mortality.

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Sakaja said the county run hospital is facing major infrastructural challenges that must be dealt with to guarantee quality health service delivery.

Nominated Senator Beatrice Kwamboka led calls for the Nairobi County leadership to be held accountable for the poor management and infrastructure at the country’s largest maternity hospital.

On Tuesday, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko suspended County Secretary Peter Kariuki, Health Chief Officer Mahat Jimale and acting Health executive Vesca Kangogo citing insubordination.

Their removal came a day after Sonko suspended the hospital’s medical superintendent Dr Catherine Mutinda, administrator Zaddock Angahya and gynecologist Dr James Kamau.

Senators say they will form a select committee and summon the Governor to explain the matter.

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