Health Care Facilities

The  situation in our health care facilities is wanting

Why do i say this?

More than 40 years after independence, Kenya as a country has seen a rise in public and private health care facilities. These are spread out in all the 47counties.

It is not clear how many of these facilities have all the required  infrastructure in place

Requirements of a health care facilities

For a health care facility to be registered, the relevant registration board always puts emphasis on the availability of:

  • Trained, qualified and certified personnel
  • Adequate infrastructure in terms  of space and equipment’s
  • A proper waste disposal management system
  • Proper referral network  to other  health care facilities
  • Essential commodities
  • A proper management systems

However there are health facilities that have mushroomed in different corners of the country without authorisation from the medical and pharmacy board.

Gaps in our health care facilities

Kenya is known to have the a large brain drain of medics due to the poor working conditions and terms in most of the  health care facilities. The international market continues to gain from these gaps in our medical and human resource frameworks.

This brain drain has resulted in two major problems:

  • A large client flow in public health care facilities.

To address this problem, most of the medical training institutes have resorted to linking up their medical students with these hospitals for their internship

In as much as this may seem a good move to help the increasing need for health care by Kenyans, it no longer needs to be seen as such

Why, one may ask?

Most of these hospitals as I mentioned have a large patient flow with few qualified doctors. As such most of the interns are forced by the situation to attend to both and simple and complicated cases with or without supervision from qualified doctors

Some of these interns have been known to undertake surgeries on patients without support. Case in point is the Kitui district hospital, where an intern carried out a CS on a pregnant woman without supervision.

Three months later the woman started having severe abdominal pains, and upon visiting the same hospital, she was given some antibiotics for her CS scar that was oozing pus.

The woman decided to seek a second opinion elsewhere, and a uterine scan was carried out, only for the doctors to discover that a surgical towel had been left in the woman’s uterus.

The lady was referred back to Kitui hospital but they refused to accept liability. They however agreed to undertake another operation. It was too late for the woman to be saved as her intestines had been damaged by the towel tissues.

In this case, there is no way this health care facility will place blame on the intern who carried out the surgery. All we can do is the await the outcome of this case which is now in our legal system

  •  An increase in  number of quacks in our health care facilities

Many Kenyans have set up  private colleges where all courses under the sun are being offered even with unqualified staff.

Some of these colleges have churned out graduates who   if given a chance to pass through our public medical colleges would not have been certified.

The result is ….

Some of these graduates getting jobs in our public health facilities have had to fill in the void left by the qualified personnel who have got better offers abroad.

As such it is sad to note that people visiting the health facilities expecting to be treated by qualified health care professionals are being short changed.

An example here is the Pumwani maternity hospital. One of the largest public maternity health care facility in the country, where it was recently established that patients visiting this hospital were being given fake results, courtesy of  the unregistered lab technician employed by the management.

Can you imagine how many women have been subjected to wrong treatment based on this wrong diagnosis?

If such a huge hospital is capable of employing a quack as a lab technician, how many mid-level health facilities are being run by quacks?

 What next?

In closing, the GoK ought to remedy the current situation in the current health care facilities to spare more Kenyans from getting poor quality services.

Your views on this topic are invited “how can the government improve on our public health care facilities?”

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