Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) refused to perform a surgery on Joseph Irungu alias Jowie.

The hospital has been turning away inmates and remandees due to unpaid arrears by the Prisons Department.

Reports indicated that the Prisons Department owed KNH Ksh31 Million which had accrued over the past one year.

Surgery Halted

Jowie, who was remanded at Industrial Area Remand Prison, was expected to undergo an operation on Monday.

His lawyer Sam Nyaberi stated that although his client was due for admission for a surgical operation on his arm the procedure had not started.

Nyaberi stated that Irungu’s parents had offered to pay the bill and deposited some money, but the hospital turned down the payment, saying the inmate had been brought in by the State.

“Prisons owes KNH a lot of unpaid bills. Jowie’s parents paid some money for purposes of securing that operation. KNH said they don’t deal with individuals if they have been brought in by the prisons authorities. It’s a procedural standoff,” said Nyaberi.

According to the lawyer, Irungu’s arm was wasting away and he could not feel part of it, and he was not receiving any treatment.

Turning to the Court

Irungu has been going to KNH for regular check-ups, but his lawyer termed them a sham as he was only being given painkillers.

“He is not being treated. There are no check-ups. These guys just stamp his documentation and say they have seen him, and give him painkillers,” Nyaberi stated.

The lawyer said he would file an application in court to enable Irungu to get access to treatment.