Man with chronic wounds left to die, as doctors strike continues in Kitui

ailing Joseph Muema at his Kyulunwa home

A 46 year old man from Kyulungwa area in Waita ward, Mwingi Central sub-county in Kitui County and who is suffering chronic wounds is pleading for medical help after he was send home from Mwingi level IV Hospital where he had gone to seek medical help following the ongoing doctors’ strike.

Joseph Mutuku Muema went to seek medical assistance at Mwingi level 4 hospitals but was advised to go to Embu for treatment following a strike where medical practitioners in the hospital have downed tools following unpaid July salaries.

Ailing Muema has been experiencing severe pain accelerated by the wounds which started at his buttocks and now have attacked his both legs making his mobility almost impossible.

According to the father of four, he has been unable to access proper medical attention due to his poor living standards adding he has not been able to work for over a year now.

“I am a mechanic but I cannot do anything to even help my children. My legs cannot walk following these painful wounds which I have also been unable to treat,” said Mutuku

The man, whose wife fled ten years ago, has been struggling to raise his four children with the help of his immediate neighbors and well-wishers.

“I live with one of my sons here who help me in daily activities but the other children live with grandparents because they have nowhere to stay. The house I had fell following heavy rains and am now forced to stay at my son’s tiny room,” narrated poor Joseph.

A neighbor who is also a pastor, Peter Kimbu who has been supporting the man financially and spiritually wondered how the man could have suffered for two years yet there are government representatives even at village levels.

“We have Governor’s representatives at village and ward levels. They should hurriedly step in and help mzee medically,” stated Kimbu

Peter blamed Governor Ngilu’s administration whose key pillars is better healthcare yet doctors and nurses at Mwingi level four hospitals are currently on strike.

“a lot of people have been discharged at the facility and due to their financial constraints, they have gone home. They cannot afford better healthcare elsewhere,” stated Kimbu

According to him, both governments should amicably step in and solve this looming crisis


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