NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 16 – The mystery surrounding the death of a 24 year old patient who ‘disappeared’ while undergoing treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital has deepened with the management saying he was not admitted to the ward.
According to KNH Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros, the patient was undergoing regular treatment at the renal unit before admission and appears to have been led out of the hospital by someone since he was too ill to walk by himself.
“The entrance to the renal unit was opened at 4am as is the routine to allow the next group of patients for dialysis. It is this moment that the patient could have walked out as the nurses were attending to the new set of patients and preparing them for dialysis,” she explained.
She described the situation at the renal unit as busy and overwhelming for the nurses who were attending to about 36 patients coming in and out.
“Being a hospital it may not be outright this was not the only person walking out. This is the time when other patients were reporting for dialysis. There were around 18 people coming out with their relatives and the same number was coming in with patients,” she said.
Koros further explained that the patient was of sound mind and did not have behaviour that warranted the hospital staff to be alarmed.
According to Koros, the nurses expected the patient to wait for his next session at 10am on the resting bed given to him at the renal unit.
“As soon as we noticed the patient was not on the resting bed, we started looking for the patient. We searched for the patient in all areas of the ward when we realised the patient was not in the ward, we reported to the security control room to try and locate the patient… we even contacted the family members to check if the patient had gone home,” she explained.
She admitted that the patient had been booked for admission at Ward 8B but that was to happen after undergoing two dialysis sessions since his condition required the procedure urgently.
“Many relatives come with their patients, they are dialysed and then they go with them. But this patient was very sick. Normally we don’t dialyse a patient twice in a day. But because of level of cretin was very high he was supposed to stay on the bed and have a second session,” KNH doctor in-charge Simeon Monda explained.
The body of the 24 year-old man was found lying along Mara Road on Monday.
Family members are blaming the hospital and questioning how their relative left the hospital in his frail health.
Koros said investigations had been launched to ascertain what exactly happened.