Imagine getting threatened by security detail in the hospital you’ve gone for treatment. Issa come back for real after a failed strike as Acting chief executive Thomas Mutie said they have made changes following the attack on one of the nurses at the facility last month.
“On safety and security, the management has engaged General Service Unit, Administration Police and increased guards to secure high risk areas especially Accidents and Emergency, entrances and all floors. It is also worth noting that the management has initiated a rapid response system ‘mulika uhalifu’ (report crime) to enhance real-time response and reporting of incidents,” he said.
KNH has, in their five-year strategic plan, set aside Sh 891 million for perimeter wall and CCTV cameras.
Acting chief executive Thomas Mutie said they have made the changes following the attack on one of the nurses at the facility last month
Security breaches have put the referral facility in the spotlight including the murder of a patient in the wards and alleged sexual assaults on new mothers.
Kenyatta National Hospital will now have armed guards on every floor of the facility and all entry points in an effort to ensure safety of staff members and patients.
Mutie said that the facility has also developed a standard operating procedure on communication to the bereaved families and dissatisfied clients.
“There shall be debriefing sessions for the nursing team and to provide regular sensitisation on effective communication,” he said.
KNH staff have agreed that when engaging in a strike or go-slow, all emergency and critical services must be attended to, the acting CEO said.
This is in regard to a two-day picketing by the nurses that crippled services.
Other than their security, nurses wanted to be members of the Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) while majority were still members of the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (Kudheiha).
Nurses union leader Seth Panyako was on Monday arrested for inciting nurses at Kenyatta National Hospital to participate in a protest.The Kenya National Nurses Union (KNUN) secretary general was taken by police following a report by the KNH security chief that he was causing chaos without legal permission.
Several protesting nurses were also arrested and held in custody at the KNH police post.
Do you think the security added will help doctors alone or is truly for all wahalifu?