Shalom Hospital shut down; patients to be transferred within 48 hours

Executive order

Protest in Machakos County against Shalom Hospital following the death of baby Ethan Muendo (Twitter)

Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has ordered the closure of Shalom Hospital following the death of a seven-month-old baby boy.

The governor issued the notice ordering the hospital to ensure that all patients currently admitted in their wards are transferred within 48 hours.

Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharmacist and Dentist Board (KMPDB) CEO Daniel Yumbya also revoked the hospital's operating license after joint consultations with Governor Mutua.

Machakos residents held demonstrations for the better part of Monday morning decrying what seems to be rampant negligence of medics at the hospital.

They held a march through the streets of the town with placards written: "Avoid Shalom Hospital to stay alive."

How Baby Ethan Muendo died

From a prescription obtained from the Hospital, it was established that baby Ethan died of a morphine overdose.

The baby had been taken to the hospital following a minor burn the previous night as the parents sought to ease his pain.

According to the mother, a nurse injected baby Ethan with some medicine and she noticed that he became weak shortly after.

When she called the hospital to report the sudden change with her son, the nurse asked her to return to the hospital and Ethan was immediately taken to the Emergency Unit, he was later pronounced dead.

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