All 28 Busia children in paralysis saga leave hospital

August 13, 2015 3:40 pm
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Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri told Capital FM News that the children had made full recovery/FILE
Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri told Capital FM News that the children had made full recovery/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 13 – The last of the children admitted to the Nairobi Hospital on becoming paralysed after receiving injections as treatment for malaria were discharged on Thursday.

The first half, 14, were released a week earlier and the Director of Medical Services Nicholas Muraguri told Capital FM News that the children had made full recovery.

“Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, all children except one walked out of the hospital. The girl who left in a wheel chair did so because she’s still recovering from surgery necessitated by an infection.”

Muraguri said laboratory tests established that the reason for their paralysis lay not with the malaria medicine administered to them but in the administration itself.

“The matter will be taken up by the nursing council because they are the regulators of nursing care. However, I’ve asked for further investigation even in other facilities.”

The Health Ministry, he said, would also carry out nationwide sensitisation training to health workers on injection safety.

The malaria treatment was administered to children at the Akichelesit Dispensary in Teso North Sub-County, Busia and after media reports of their conditions, transferred for specialised care at the Nairobi Hospital at a cost of Sh5 million on July 31.

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