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Nurses say report on KNH surgery mix-up flawed

A section of the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A section of the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) has criticised a report that absolved doctors from blame in the Kenyatta National Hospital brain surgery mix-up.

The report recommended that the nurse involved in the mix-up be probed. The report was done by a team constituted by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board and made up of officials from other medical professions in Kenya.

On Sunday, NNAK chairman Alfred Obengo said the report attempted to blame nurses for the mix-up.

“While we equally question the legality of the preliminary enquiry, we state here categorically that it’s technically impossible to pretend to come out with any iota of substantive findings within 24 hours on an issue of such magnitude.

“As nurses, we view that preliminary enquiry process and report as skewed to favour the doctors and a futile attempt to cleanse themselves in the court of public opinion,” he said in a statement.  A committee on Friday absolved two doctors from wrongdoing in the Kenyatta National Hospital surgery mix-up.

The committee said the competence of Dr Hanson Ng’ang’a Kamau, who undertook the surgery assisted by Dr Mose Moraa, could not be questioned.

It, however, indicated that Ms Mary Wahome, the nurse involved in the mix-up, should be further probed to determine if she is still fit to serve.

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