, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 27 – Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu says the two victims who were shot while shielding their fellow passengers in a bus during a Mandera terror attack are receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
While refuting claims on social media that the administrators at KNH had threatened to kick them out over unpaid deposit, the health CS added that the government will foot the entire bill.
“The issue which has been going around in the social media that the Kenyatta National Hospital wants to switch off the machines is far from the truth and we have come together in times of disaster, to support the victims and deal with other issues later. Irrespective of the status of the two patients, the government will foot the bill,” he said.
He described the two as patriots and commended them for the bold action during the attack.
“I want to congratulate them and share my happiness that people can stand up to what we consider as evil in this society and therefore we stand by those people.”
“The government will stand by those Kenyans and what has been doing rounds in the media is rather unfortunate. Kenyatta National Hospital received two victims, one was critically injured, the other is stable,” he said.
“One was operated on, is in ICU and is recovering; all the machines have been removed and we have spoken to him and we know that he is on his way to recovery to be taken to the ward. The other is stable and we believe that he will recover,” he stated.
KNH Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros assured that the two victims will continue receiving full treatment until they are discharged.
“They will only be discharged once they are ready to be discharged to go home. And in terms of money at this point we actually do not have the total bill. The patients are still going through treatment and once they are discharged is when you can know the bill,” she said. “Of importance however is that the government is going to foot the bill and as KNH, we are going to do our part. The doctors are going to treat them to the best of their knowledge.”
During the attack, Muslims passengers who were in the bus refused to be separated with Christians and the action scared away the attackers.
According to Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery the Muslim passengers told off the attackers saying they either kill them together or leave them alone in the bus attack which was headed to Mandera from Nairobi.
Nkaissery had condemned the attack which saw two people killed and a few others injured and described it as unfortunate that the bus which was headed to Mandera from Nairobi, did not have police escort at the time after the police car broke down at some section of the journey.
Despite the Mandera incident, the CS assured that there is security in the country especially during this festive season.