A private hospital in Mombasa is in a tight spot for allegedly refusing to admit a police officer, who died of excessive bleeding after being stabbed by a criminal gang in Kisauni.
His colleagues now say the life of Constable John Njoroge could have been saved if the medics had attended to him on arrival.
Kisauni OCPD Sangura Musee said the officer, who was stabbed several times by suspected members of the Wakali Kwanza gang, was rushed to Jocham Hospital from the scene of the attack but facility’s management turned him away because he did not have insurance cover card or cash to pay for admission.
“They kept on asking for his insurance identification documents to establish which kind of policy he was on and when we failed to produce the same, they demanded for some money as deposit for him to be admitted at the facility,” said Musee.
Njoroge succumbed to his injuries at Premier Hospital in Nyali where he was moved to after being turned away at Jocham.
However, Jocham hospital management have denied the claim saying they referred the officer to another hospital because he had suffered life- threatening injuries which they could not handle.
Chief Administrator Benjamin Wafula said the patient who had suffered multiple stab wounds was given “necessary attention” by medics at the facility.
“He was given the necessary attention, put on oxygen but he needed ICU services and we referred him to the another hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” said Wafula.