By Peter Amunga.
I start by saying pole sana to the FAMILY of the late MERU OCS Mr. Justus Ondimo. The late passed on under mysterious circumstances that have gone viral and now the talk of radio shows this morning, It was also carried on primetime Citizen Tv news last night and trending on social media. It’s the circumstances under which the OCS succumbed that are a subject of debate among Kenyans online.
In a video recorded by his son, Caleb Ondimo inside a van outside the hospital’s emergency area he is heard stating that his dad is dying in attended to due to laxity of staff.
As much as KENYANS empathize, but it is at this point that doubt comes in. If your loved one is seriously sick, you cannot have the thought of taking selfies or clips to post online. An emergency situation calls for emergency steps. Taking SELFIES is the last thing you can engage in at such a time.
When interviewed by Citizen, the grieving Caleb says “.. So one of the doctors came and said
“we are waiting for a stretcher for us to take dad in, then I was like is there only one stretcher in this hospital for you to keep someone in the hospital entrance for one hour to just check him out,” He lamented.
He says they only responded after he started recording the video but to the family, the rescue came a little too late as they were informed that their father had already passed on.
Again, this does not add up. In a true emergency situation, if a Hospital or doctor is not acting quickly, my next natural action is to seek HELP elsewhere. Caleb had his dad in a van. We expected to hear him say, that when NAIROBI WEST HOSPITAL failed him, he rushed to the nearest Hospital. There are four big hospitals next to NWH. We have Meridian Hospital next door, we have COPTIC Hospital on Ngong Road, there is MBAGATHI AND KENYATTA Hospital across the hill and finally NAIROBI HOSPITAL. Why would you start recording videos of your dying dad, instead of dashing off to any of the above??
The Nairobi West Hospital chief medical officer Dr. Andrew Gachie dismissed the negligence claims and stated that the patient had been received into the accident and emergency area and examined by a doctor who confirmed he was dead on arrival and communicated the same to the next of kin.
The explanation by NWH makes sense. The only reason why Caleb did not rush his dad to any other Hospital is that he had already realized that mzee was dead.
Medication has become a very competitive and delicate issue in Kenya. One will wonder why would anyone record his dad, dead in a van? Compensation! Insurance claims, instant fame, etc.
Rest in peace baba Caleb.