at emergency department getting
worse, Dr Manimu admits
Medical services at the National Referral Hospital’s Emergency Department is declining and getting worse by the day.
The hospital’s chief executive officer Dr George Manimu admits this in an article he wrote for the Sunday Star (see p9 today).
Manimu came out following intense public criticism in recent days of services at the hospital.
“The issues surrounding the decline of medical services at the emergency department is not something new,” Manimu wrote.
“Rather, it is something that is getting worse by the day.”
He says a number of factors contributed to the worsening situation.
The major one, Manimu says, was the shortage of doctors.
He pointed out that the parliamentary select committee of 2009 identified the emergency department as one of the problem areas in the hospital that is understaffed with doctors.
He says the problem has not been addressed since.
Manimu revealed the hospital currently has 50 doctors, nine of them still doing their practical.
At the emergency department, he says only two doctors were posted there who have to deal with the increasing number of cases coming in daily.
Recent incidences, including a week-old child who died while waiting for a doctor, sparked public criticisms of the hospital’s service delivery.
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