A hospital in Kenya’s capital Nairobi would be ‘releasing’ 250 patients who have been ‘detained’ because they were unable to pay their hospital bills, local media have reported.
The announcement followed an investigation by Citizen TV last week that filmed more than 20 women detained at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) with some of them detained for as long as a year.
According to reports, some women were referred to the hospital after developing childbirth complications and then couldn’t pay their bills. At least one person said she had been separated from her baby.
On Thursday, the Health Secretary Susan Mochache told MPs that Kenyatta National Hospital was holding 184 patients and 387 bodies.
She named 11 other hospitals that had detained patients, according to the Standard newspaper.
BBC recalled that an in investigation by Associated Press last year found that KNH used armed guards in military fatigues to stand watch over patients.
“All despite a court ruling years ago that found the detentions were illegal”, it said.