BREAKING NEWS! FAMOUS HOSPITAL BUILDING COLLAPSES.
Patients of a famous hospital in Kisumu, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital are currently being evacuated after the collapse of a hospital wing on Saturday, February 27.
A report by Citizen TV, indicated that the collapsed wing was under construction although it was not housing patients. There were no casualties during the morning incident.
However, the National Construction Authority of Kenya (NCA), advised that patients be evacuated from the remaining wings – out of an abundance of caution.
This comes barely weeks after NCA confirmed that a third of buildings across the country were likely to collapse due to various factors including poor workmanship.
Since the first storey building tumbled in 1990, the country has recorded 87 cases with the highest having occurred in 2015 where 21 buildings collapsed around the country.
Most of the incidents were revealed to have employed poor workmanship as the main cause.
Some of the cases emerged after contractors failed to comply with statutory and safety requirements.
The cases cost the country a combined sum of Ksh2.4 billion , though this is estimated to be on the lower side due to lack of insurance on some properties.
The tragedy adds on woes already affecting the health sector with the biggest issue being the strike of nurses due to poor remuneration.
Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital health workers had joined the January strike by nurses which impeded service delivery in the institution which is the biggest public hospital in Nyanza region.
The country’s public health facilities have been grappling with staffing challenges for months.