Former Machakos governor aspirant Wavinya Ndeti has faced the wrath of angry Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) after she compared the Kenyan health sector with that of Britain.
Appearing on Citizen TV’s morning show, Day Break, Ndeti was quick to criticize local medics who she noted did not take good care of Evelyn Namukhula, a Kakamega woman who last month gave birth to quintuplets but later lost her life.
The ex Kathiani legislator said: “Giving birth to 5 children is no joke and the doctors should have taken more care of the mother.”
She also noted that after giving birth to her first born child while in the United Kingdom, her doctor paid her visits just to check up on her and the infant.
“I gave birth to my first born in the UK and the doctors used to come to my house just to check if the baby and I are doing okay,” she added.
This however got Kenyans talking. Some wondered what steps the former lawmaker took to ensure healthcare and wellness of mothers was improved in her area.
Others also mentioned that while Evelyn was in hospital, Ndeti did little to nothing to ensure that she was well catered for.
“Since you’ve been in leadership, what %age of your UK experience have you brought into the Kenyan health sector?” Amos Njoroge posed.
“See how your leaders are completely out of touch wt what the common mwananchi is facing!!! With a ratio of 1:17,500 Drs:patient Wavinya Ndeti still cant understand why a patient cant be seen after every 1hr like in UK,” Jeff Kims wrote.
A user named Angel Katusia said: “This argument. London ??? Yes the state of our public facilities is wanting. She was rushing home because Free is not Free in our hospitals and she didn’t want to accumulate bills then we hold her in hospital.”
Africa has been showing a substantial reduction in maternal and child mortality, with Kenya ranking at 138 with 362 maternal deaths per 100,000 which although lower than the original 488/100,000 still accounts for 14 per cent of deaths among women aged between 15 and 49 years old.
Reports have also indicated that more than 75 per cent of maternal deaths in Kenya are preventable.
Most of these women die from treatable complications such as infections, high blood pressure disorders such as pre-eclampsia, complications from delivery and unsafe abortions.