State in Bungoma Refferal Hospital

State in Bungoma Refferal Hospital

With the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing was put in place to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this is not the case in Bungoma Referral Hospital as patients are spending cold nights on the facility's floor while others have taken to sharing beds despite the government ordering on maintenance of social distance to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Some of the patients at the hospitals are being held for not paying bills, increasing the number of interactions at the facility despite the government's directive for social distancing in public places.

The hospital's medical superintendent Dr. David Wanikina blames the congestion on an influx of patients from neighbouring counties.

''On an average day, we admit almost 60 patients and we have a 232-bed capacity which patients with different illnesses use and now we are having almost 400 patients with some coming in from the neighbouring counties to seek medication.''

The Bungoma county has hit the headlines severally with cases of embezzlement of funds with the latest being the purchase of 600-20 litre jerricans that according to Governor Wycliffe Wangamati cost Ksh 10,000 each. Asked about it, the Governor dismissed the claims noting that his political rivals were using the health pandemic to fight against him.


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