Nurses at Pumwani say heavy workload leads to high infant mortality

Nurses at Pumwani say heavy workload leads to high infant mortality

- in Health, News

Nurses at Pumwani Maternity Hospital have said they are overwhelmed by work resulting in the high mortality rate of newborn babies.

They accused the hospital’s consultants of failing in their work.

“We need assistance and consultants should take responsibility to aid our hospital. From September 14 to today, there have been 126 cesarean section deliveries, 83 were elective (alternative to natural birth) and the consultants have only done five.” one of the nurses told the media.

Consultants are supposed to run the second theatre because the first one is overloaded, said the medics.

“Without the second theatre running there is a workload on cesarean sections in the labour ward, therefore, causing a backlog of mothers in labour wards,” the nurses said.

“Sometimes it takes even two weeks before for emergency CS to be done.”

The nurses said they receive a high number of patients since they are a referral hospital.

“There is higher mortality rate because we receive patients from all over Nairobi,” nurses said.

“When nurses from other hospitals see they cannot deliver their patients they bring them here.”

On the 11 bodies that were found at the hospital on Monday by Governor Mike Sonko, the nurses said they transport babies’ bodies in boxes to City Mortuary.

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