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Do proper probe on KNH patient mix-up - 18 Mar 2018 20:04

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The blame game over the bungled surgery at Kenyatta National Hospital will not help to resolve one of the most horrendous medical mistakes in recent times. On Friday, the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB) absolved the doctors involved in the operation debacle. And now, the National Nurses Association of Kenya (Nnak) is up in arms, trashing the board’s report with the argument that the doctors cannot be exonerated from the mess. It is wrong for the board to victimise the nurse who prepared the patient for surgery but leave out the doctors who performed the operation. STAFF SHORTAGE In a review of the circumstances that led to the patient mix-up, it is patently clear that the blunder was a consequence of systemic failure. KNH seems to operate without standard procedures. The environment is chaotic; workers put in so many hours everyday because of chronic staff shortage. Equipment and ...
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