Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) has apologised for an incident that has caused a stir on the interwebs for two days now.
In a video circulating on social media platforms, a woman is seen delivering a baby outside the Pumwani Hospital.
The infamous video has given birth to the #RespectOurMothers.
According to Director of Health Services, NMS Josephine Kibaru Mbae, the incident took place on September 13.
This was two days after nurses went on a ‘go slow’ which has since been called off after NMS and the caregivers agreed on a return-to-work formula.
Ms Mbae stated that the security guard on duty had denied the mother access into the health facility but she was later assisted and admitted by a nurse.
“The security guard denied the patient access to the premises in a very unfortunate incident before a nurse from the maternity ward was notified of the occurrence and rushed to the scene to assist in the delivery and admission to the maternity ward,” Mbae said.
She commended the nurse for helping the mother in distress, adding that the mother and child are in good health and were discharged on September 18.
Further, she said, front office staff at all NMS facilities will be trained and security changed.
“Going forward officers from the National Police Service will augment the provision of security at the Pumwani Hospital, Mbagathi Hospital, Mama Lucy Hospital and Mutuini Hospital in Dagoretti to prevent disruption of services,” she said.
“We take this opportunity to apologise to all Kenyans and our mothers in particular for this unfortunate incident.”