On Monday, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) gave a detailed account of how Ken Walibora lost his life at the facility. KNH denied all claims of negligence.
Evanson Kamuri, the Chief Executive Officer, appeared before the Senate Health Committee. Senator Michael Mbito chaired the committee. Dr. Kamuri claimed that the doctors at KNH did everything humanly possible to save Ken Walibora’s life.
Kamuri said that an ambulance brought Prof Walibora to the Hospital on 10th April at 9.53 am. They marked him as an ‘unknown African man.’
In the zoom meeting, Dr. Kamuri told the committee that immediately Walibora arrived at the hospital; they categorized him as a critical patient. The doctors took him to a seven-bed capacity resuscitation room within the Intensive Care Unit.
“The patient was bleeding and had multiple serious injuries to the face and was attended to at 10.10 am,” Kamuri said.
He added that by 4 pm, Prof Walibora’s condition had changed. They incubated him since he was unable to breathe by himself.
At 8 pm, Walibora’s condition deteriorated further. He had intra-cerebral damage that affected his breathing system. Fortunately, doctors were able to resuscitate him.
Ten minutes past midnight, his condition became worse. Doctors tried to save his life, but they lost him at 1.10 am due to severe head injuries.
The CEO disputed the claims that doctors at KNH refused to attend to Prof Ken Walibora. He stated that three doctors of different specialties attended to him.
“At KNH, when a patient is brought at the emergency area, we don’t care whether you have money or NHIF card or your social status. The first thing we do is to attend and stabilize you before we ask for payment because you can only pay when healthy,” Dr. Kamuri stated.
Prof Walibora’s relatives went to the hospital three days later to identify him. Senators have questioned the management of the hospital. However, Dr. Kamuri insisted they did all they could to save him.