Is this another case of ‘ambulance patient’?
By HILARY KIMUYU
Barely two months after the tragic demise of Mr Alex Madaga who died due to what was widely viewed as medical negligence, a video has emerged on social media showing a Good Samaritan arguing with medical personnel to have a road accident victim admitted at Machakos Level 5 Hospital.
Jacob Ouma claims he took a hit and run victim to the hospital where the staff were reluctant to attend to the patient.
In the video, Jacob, who claims to be a medic, is heard having a heated argument with medical attendants inside the hospital.
“Come and take a patient, he has an emergency,” Mr Ouma is heard telling some nurses who are seated.
One of the nurses responds, “You have been told to wheel the patient in.”
“So that is how you people work,” an agitated Mr Ouma retorts but one of the nurses casually tells him: “There are so many people who can help you.”
Mr Ouma then moves to ambulance outside the facility where a patient is seen lying on a stretcher. The verbal exchanges between him and the medics continues before the medical staff eventually make effort to wheel in the patient.
Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua later responded to the video with a statement on his social media saying:
“I have instructed my Minister for Health to undertake investigations and to take appropriate action concerning the poor treatment of patients at Machakos Hospital. Human dignity and professional conduct must be exercised. What happens in other regions will not be tolerated in Machakos.”
Here is the link to the Machakos Level 5 Hospital incident: https://www.facebook.com/LarryMadowo/videos/10153320296953295/