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Security guard helps woman in labour deliver baby boy amid boycott

A security guard in Bungoma has been hailed as a hero after he helped a woman successfully deliver a baby as the health workers’ strike commenced on Monday.

Benson Wanyonyi was manning the main gate at the Bungoma Referral Hospital when the expectant woman started experiencing labour pains and called out for assistance.

Rosebela Marani, 32, came to the hospital to seek maternity services oblivious of the countrywide strike by health workers.

“I came here seeking medical attention as I was experiencing labour pains. I was then informed that medical workers are on strike and I could no longer move further. I’m glad the guard helped me out,” she said.

Mr Wanyonyi said he was at his post at the main entrance when he saw the woman at the waiting area in pain.

He said he had no prior medical experience in child birth and was only seeking to find out what was ailing the lady when he realized she was in labour.

Mr Wanyonyi said he was glad that he managed to deliver the baby boy despite not having any medical experience or equipment. The baby is in a stable condition.

“I was at the main entrance when the lady was brought in on a motorcycle. She then learned that the workers were on strike and was contemplating rushing to a nearby private facility but she was overwhelmed. I ran to the outpatient department and got some gloves and assisted her,” he said.

The incident shocked onlookers as other patients were being discharged from the hospital as health workers started their strike.