Had the editorial policy of this site not limited me from choosing call-it-as-it-is words to describe the current state of the Bungoma County Referral Hospital, I could have offended even the good and hopeful patients who are admitted there. But for the sake of humanity and putting the patients into consideration, I will not use those traumatizing adjectives.
Now barely a week after a local daily published a report where the County Government allegedly spent Sh43 million as area Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati led a platoon of MCAs to Uganda for benchmarking, this site can now reveal the contrast with the health sector in the same County.
The MCAs had gone to benchmark for an Industrial Park project being spearheaded by the Governor even though the officials have denied the figure being Sh43 million but cited Sh15 million as the amount spent on the bogus trip.
An abrupt visit to the the facility’s private wing by this writer yesterday in the evening revealed the wards that have apparently neglected by the administration where the patient’s only role is to lie there in an environment whose hygiene only the pigs can wish to make playground.
At the facility, the floors are furiously dirty with torn carpets that house durst sometimes.
Some of the beddings where the patients lie could be mistake to have been manufactured in the late 1970s.
The caretaker’s furniture shames itself and looks away when you stare at it.
Even though the toilet looks a bit cleaner than the room itself, there are no basic provisions like the toilet papers for the patient, bathing sandals, towel, soap and a basin.
I asked one of the patients – whose identity I will hide for the fear of any victimization once this story is out – how they do survive at the premises.
“Here, if your family does not bring you the personal effects, then you are in trouble, especially if you have a running stomach. The hygiene here is terrible. But my prayer is that I wake up early in the morning and go home.” Said the patient who had stayed there for a day.
“The nurse who served me has a dirtier heart than that seat you are standing next to. She serves and harrasses patients like it’s none of her business and when you ask for assistance, she walks away leaving you to manage the guesswork on how to survive.”
Now here are the photos.
The CECM for Health in Bungoma County Dr. Anthony Walela and his Chief Officer Mr Patrick Wandili could not pick our calls nor return our text messages on this issue by the time this writer was uploading this article.