Kenyans are enraged by the discovery of baby corpses found by Governor Mike Sonko at the Pumwani Hospital in the capital Nairobi during a surprise visit to the facility.
His visit was prompted by an allegation of babies dying due to a shut down of machines by the hospital authorities who had denied the claims. However, he found the bodies wrapped in polythene bags and kept in three boxes inside a storage room.
“I want to categorically state that human life must be respected no matter the case. Stern action will be taken against anyone found to be sabotaging the good services offered to our mothers and sisters who come to deliver in this facility,” Sonko said while filming the entire visit online with the startling discovery.
Conducting an impromptu visit at Pumwani Hospital https://t.co/rKfA1oVEZV
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) September 17, 2018
The hospital authorities had earlier told the governor that only a baby had died in the past 24 hours, reports local media Daily Nation.
“This is a police matter. You can’t lose 12 babies in a day,” he said and subsequently drew the attention of the police to investigate the maternity facility of the public hospital.
Pumwani Hospital is managed by the Nairobi City County and has come under a lot of criticism following various concerns including reports of theft of babies, negligence, poor services and maltreatment of women in labour, reports Daily Nation.
Here are some reactions from a cross-section of Kenyans:
That’s what happened to me at kawangware the same incident bt until now have not seen justice and the baby boy 2yrs now still at children’s home westland… Hoping to be given my boy @mike sonko
— Irene kirimi (@Irenekirimi4) September 17, 2018
those people should be in police cell pending investigations. That is genocide
— wiki deh (@wiki_deh) September 17, 2018
Spare no one bwana Governor….this is just to much..Corruption is one thing but this is just beyond humanity…freaking animals…laws are not for such people
— William (@William72965730) September 17, 2018
Congratulations Governor. I hope this would be followed by investigation to establish the cause of death for the infants and if it is due to staff negligence, the staff be charged in a court of law for negligence.
— cliffex (@cliffex10) September 17, 2018
what do they gain from doing such acts? Where would these bodies end up if they hadn’t been discovered in time? Weeeh!!! Kenyans…..
— Mr. C (@nel_con) September 17, 2018
Shame you mean Pumwani Maternity Hospital does not have a person in charge? If he/she is there fire him immediately and take him to Kamiti prison.
— Wilfred Obonyo (@willyandago) September 17, 2018
This is part of human trafficking in this hospital, they exchange your life kid with dead one, take this people to the cell
— Akumu Odera (@GeorgeAkumuOde1) September 17, 2018
Please sir next time carry your pistol to Pumwani and blow off hao takataka. They have proved to be more dangerous than Alshabab
— Franck musundi (@Francis_musundi) September 17, 2018
Thanks Gov. for exposing this rot. I suggest you deepen it. We have cartels that sell softer tissues of dead born babies. The evil merchants are tied to maternities & abortion clinics. It’s Horror !
— End_Taxation_Without_Representation (@bodipoh) September 17, 2018