Police have arrested the administrator at Shalom Community Hospital in Athi River after a woman was left to give birth at the facility’s reception as nurses allegedly watched and enjoyed their tea.
The administrator, Thomas Ndolo, was arrested alongside two nurses — Edina Nyarangi and John Ndege — following public outrage triggered by the viral video capturing the incident.
Police sources told Citizen Digital that Mr. Ndolo was taken in for alleged negligence at the facility, while the nurse is accused of operating without a license.
This comes after officials from the Machakos County Government were dispatched to the facility Monday morning to seek more findings on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Officials from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board and Nurses Union also made their way to the hospital.
In the meantime, the shalom community hospital administration has been given 30 days notice to comply with the required health standards, failure to which its license will be revoked.
The incident was exposed over the Easter weekend in a video recorded by a man who had taken his wife to the hospital.
According to the man, a woman in labour was brought into the hospital on a wheelchair and three nurses who were at the facility were notified that it was an emergency case.
The nurses are, however, said to have continued taking their tea and did not attend to the woman despite her begging for assistance.
One nurse is reported to have told the woman to stand on her feet and it is at that point that she delivered with the baby dropping to the floor.
This sparked a scene, prompting one of the nurses to swing into action with one of them picking the child from the floor, as another moves to attend to the woman.
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