Mission hospitals overburdened with patients

Mission hospitals mainly in rural areas have been overburdened due to big numbers of patients seeking medical services. A spot check done by KNA at Chogoria Ai??in Tharaka Nithi county and Nkubu, Meru county, mission hospitals are receiving patients with terminal illnesses who were seeking treatment in government hospitals before doctors went on strike. Chogoria mission hospital CEO Catherine Munene said that they have over stretched their resources to cater for the influx. She says that the hospital had twelve intern doctors who left to join the strike and was mainly relying on mission doctors. She added that the doctors who opted to work with them are charging high fees which the hospital is straining to pay. She also said the hospital mortuary is overstretched because they are now forced to preserve more than its capacity of twelve bodies. She noted that most of deaths were happening in homes particularly patients with terminal diseases. Meanwhile, the doctorsai??i?? union officials will be in the Industrial court this morning to know their fate in relation to the pending one month jail term.

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