Governor Ngilu’s fervent crusade for zero maternal deaths in Kitui County has come under sharp criticism after a woman on labour died last week due to medical neglect.
Nyiva Mwendwa from Itulani village in Kanyangi Ward, Kitui Rural, reportedly died due to birth complications after she was denied ambulance services.
Aggrieved mourners at Nyiva’s funeral maintained that her death was avoidable.
They tearfully told of how she went into labour at around midnight of June 4 while at her home in Itulani Village, and a call made to Kanyangi health centre requesting for ambulance only for it to arrive ten hours later!
“Nyiva lost her life due to medical negligence. No need to sugarcoat things,” said area Chief Mr Kamunzyu.
“Governor Ngilu’s administration is squarely to blame for the death of such a young mother who has left her husband Mwendwa burdened with four toddlers. It’s so unfortunate and we are very disappointed as a community,” added the administrator.
Chief Kamunzyu, who has since 1997 been Ngilu’s ardent supporter and campaigner, said he could not turn a blind eye to the outrageous laxity which had robbed the innocent children of their mother.
“It’s my duty to point out such gaps in public service delivery and such should not be interpreted as fighting Ngilu’s administration. I’m doing job,” he maintained.
Other mourners, who eulogised Nyiva as a dependable and sociable woman and mother, also demanded that appropriate action be taken against culpable county government officers.
“The bereaved family also deserves unreserved apology from Ngilu administration. No family should go through such an agonizing experience,” said a local leader.