Woman gives birth at Pumwani Hospital gate


The Friday, September 18 incident sparked uproar after the security guards denied the expectant mother access into the facility.

Eyewitnesses lamented that the new mother had been rushed to the hospital by a taxi operator. The driver was left stranded after the guards locked the gates and watched from inside.

A number of women started screaming at the guards while covering the mother with shawls. Men roughed up a number of the security personnel after they broke the chains locking the gates.

Hospital staff reportedly came to her rescue after the uproar. The passers-by also confronted them for risking the lives of the mother and her newborn baby.

Earlier on, a debate had ensued over whether the staff were negligent or whether doctors were on strike.

However, doctors in Nairobi County resumed duties on August 21 after signing an agreement with Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi Metropolitan Services boss General Mohamed Badi.

Neither Nairobi County, NMS, the Ministry of Health nor the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has issued a statement on the matter.

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris condemned the hospital administrators and urged relevant authorities to look into it.


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