Troubled Mombasa hospital in bad news

Troubled Mombasa hospital in bad news

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Months after it was accused of negligence leading to the death of a police officer, Jocham Hospital is at it again, after its owners organised a party with loud music in the facility.
Complaints by patients recently to turn down the music or reduce volume fell on deaf ears and relatives of the sick who persisted with protest were thrown out of the facility in the middle of the night.
The hospital owned by John Mutua Chamia, an obstetrician gynecologist consultant, is based at the sprawling Kisauni slums in Mombasa.
The party which was reportedly organised by Chamia’s two daughters in the hospital compound has sparked criticism with right groups condemning it as “utter impunity”.
When contacted Chamia said; “it is my facility if anyone is not happy, he can seek services elsewhere”.
“On February 2 2018 the hospital management organised a party within the hospital whereby there was very loud music and noise which went extremely overboard,” said Hassan Kahindi.
It was not immediately clear whether the hospital was permitted by both the police or Nema to hold the function but neighbours and patients pleas to the owners to switch off or reduce volume of music was not heeded.
In June last year, the Jocham management was on the spot after they allegedly refused to admit a police officer, who died of excessive bleeding after being stabbed by a criminal gang in Kisauni.
The officer’s colleagues claimed that the life of Constable John Njoroge could have been saved had the medics at the hospital attended to him on arrival.
The then Kisauni OCPD Sangura Musee said the facility’s management turned the officer away because he did not have insurance cover card or cash to pay for admission.
The deceased was stabbed several times by suspected members of the Wakali Kwanza gang at the sprawling Kisauni slums.
“They (hospital management) kept on asking for his insurance identification documents to establish which kind of policy he was on and when we failed to produce the same, they demanded for some money as deposit for him to be admitted at the facility,” said Musee then.
Njoroge succumbed to his injuries at Premier Hospital in Nyali where he was moved to after being turned away at Jocham.
It is said the hospital’s management strives on impunity due their close links to powerful people in the government. It is currently undertaking major expansions of the facility.
Sources say that the new hospital wing which is being constructed day and night with no regard to patients in the facility would be officially opened by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
It old wing was opened by the late former first Lady Mama Lucy Kibaki.