KNA Homa-Bay County government is on the spot for failing to recruit adequate critical care medical experts for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Referral Hospital.
The facility which serves as the biggest public hospital in the county does not have the capacity to handle patients who need critical and intensive care due to lack of experts.
This was revealed during a meeting held between the County Senator Moses Kajwang, health workers’ union and the Hospital management to assess the state of the hospital amidst Covid-19 pandemic.
Kajwang’ and health workers Union lamented that it is unfortunate that the county government lacks medical staff to handle patients at this time when Covid-19 is ravaging the county.
They asked the county government to recruit the required staff in the ICU to save the lives of patients who are in need of critical and intensive care instead of relying on the facilities in the neighboring counties for such services.
Kajwang’ who toured the hospital Monday expressed concern saying, “The ICU is not about infrastructure but requires adequate medical experts to save lives under critical conditions.”
According to the chairman of the Kenya Union of Clinical Officers in the county Stephen Obunga, the ICU has only two critical care nurses without a single doctor and a clinical officer to manage the services.
The hospital’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Peter Ogola acknowledged the challenges and pledged that the county government is currently working on ways of addressing the current problems facing the facility.