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Parents of paralysed Busia children demand pay

Monday August 03 2015
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Some of the children whose legs were paralysed after receiving injections at Akichelesit Dispensary in Teso North Sub-County between April 7, 2013 and June 25, 2015. Their parents have demanded compensation from the county government. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

By RAPHAEL WANJALA

Parents of children who were paralysed after medication in Teso North have vowed to sue the Busia County Government if they are not compensated.

The group has given the leadership of Governor Sospeter Ojaamong a 14-day notice to pay them or face court action.

In a letter addressed to the county government, the parents claimed the health of their children deteriorated after receiving injections at Akichelesit Dispensary.

“On various dates between the year 2014 and 2015, our clients sought medical services at Akichelesit Dispensary…and to which they were put on wrong medication and treatment due to the negligence on part of your medical personnel,” read part of the letter by their lawyer Omundi Bw’Onchari.

The parents also want the county government accept liability for the complications.

DEVELOPED PARALYSIS

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The 30 children, aged between one-and-a-half and eleven years, developed paralysis and drop-feet after receiving injections

The minors from Kakapel Location have since been transferred to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment.

Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) and the Nurses Association of Kenya (NAK)have also asked the Busia County Government to take full responsibility for the mess.

KNUN Secretary-General Seth Panyako and NAK Chairperson Winnie Shena on Sunday said it was the responsibility of the county leadership to monitor, regulate and run all government medical facilities.

Mr Panyako and his colleagues also dismissed allegations that the nurse in question was to blame, saying many children had received treatment from different health facilities that led to the problems.

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