Shalom Hospital on the spot again as baby dies after injection

Shalom Hospital on the spot again as baby dies after injection

Shalom Community Hospital in Athi River, Machakos County, is once again on the spot for all the wrong reasons.

This time round, a seven-month-old baby died at the facility after a nurse administered an injection that was to expected to relieve pain.

The child’s mother Juliana Mutheu says she took her son to the hospital on Saturday after the boy scalded his left hand with hot water.

At the hospital, she says the nurse administered an injection and told her to wait for about 20 minutes for it to relieve the pain, before she dressed the wound and allowed them to go home

“He was given an injection to relieve pain and we were told to wait for about twenty minutes. The nurse then washed and dressed the wound. We went home but the child got weak,” said the mother.

The woman says when she called the hospital and alerted them of her son’s condition, the nurse told her weakness was an effect of the drugs but the child would be fine.

When the situation persisted, she took the child back to the hospital and he was admitted to the Emergency Unit where he passed away moments later.

The nurse who administered the lethal injection has since been arrested as police probe circumstances under which the boy died.

The body of the boy was taken to Montezuma Monalisa funeral home in Machakos County.

On Monday, journalists from Machakos County and local residents stormed the hospital demanding its immediate closure.

Last month the hospital was on the spot after a woman delivered on the hospital’s floor in a case of suspected negligence.