Bungoma residents at the mercy of contracting COVID-19 for sharing sick beds

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“If the global pandemic coronavirus strikes this medical facility now, we will lose thousands of Kenyans, Bungoma county government is very careless,” said Zack Barasa, a human rights activist.

Bungoma residents especially the sick and those nursing them at Bungoma county referral hospital are the mercy of contracting COVID-19 following the reported congestion.
Scaring photos that have emerged online shows four patients sharing one bed while others spent their nights in the floor without face masks and they don’t observe social distance.

“If the global pandemic coronavirus strikes this medical facility now, we will lose thousands of Kenyans, Bungoma county government is very careless,” said Zack Barasa, a human rights activist.
Barasa says that the county government should strife to waive bills and discharged healed patients.
“Some patients have been held in the medical facility for failing to settle bills and they are causing unnecessary overcrowding denying other sick patients a chance to be admitted in good wards hence there is need of waiving the bills and discharged,” he said.

The lobbyist stated that if coronavirus strikes it can infect majority of them because the county government is yet to supply them with face masks.
However, Bungoma county referral hospital medical supretendent Dr.David Wanikina accepted that the facility faces a lot of challenges including overcrowding.
He says that the current population is very high and the facility was build by colonialists in 1952 and it receives patients as far as Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia counties hence the congestion.

“The bed capacity still stands at 232 the way it was in 1952 yet the population has increased, we receive over 1,000 out patients and 60 of them are admitted daily in our wards,” said Wanikina.
He said that the county government is constructing another 300 bed capacity maternity wing which will be ready by 2021.
“We are also constructing 100 bed capacity hospital in Sirisia sub county hospital and a male ward at the Kimilili sub county hospital as a way of addressing the overcrowding at Bungoma county referral hospital,” said Wanikina.

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