Twenty-eight children from Akichelesit, Teso North in Busia county, who were paralysed because of medical negligence at Akichelesit Dispensary two years ago will be compensated.
The decision to compensate the affected children and the family of a Sio Port woman, who died after she developed complications in the process of giving birth, was reached after heated debate on a motion moved by Malaba South Ward Member of County Assembly (MCA) David Kokonya. Speaking while moving the motion, he said the two incidents affected the socio-economic abilities of the affected children and their families.
“Mr Speaker Sir, some families are traumatised following the loss of their loved ones while others have to cope with paralysis occasioned by negligence. Consequently, I feel the government is duty-bound to compensate the victims and at least bring some hope to the affected families,” said the Ward Rep.
Kokonya argued that the children suffered irreparable damage while the family of the Sio Port woman was also suffering. The expectant mother died after an ambulance driver refused to take her to a different hospital for failure to reportedly pay a Sh1,000 bribe.
The driver had demanded the cash from the woman who was in labour before he could help transfer her to a referral hospital following complications. Members finally unanimously agreed with the mover of the motion that the victims be compensated.
The Legal and Human Rights Affairs committee led by Bukhayo North/Walatsi MCA Gardy Jakaa was asked to study the two incidents and come up with realistic compensations within the minimum prescribed time.
The children developed weak limbs after an injection at the government-owned dispensary and could barely walk. This prompted them to be transferred to Nairobi Hospital for treatment following intervention of the then Health Cabinet secretary James Macharia.