Shalom Hospital has been shut down and the Managing Director George Onyango and two other employees arrested after a nurse allegedly administered a lethal injection to a seven-month-old baby.
Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua on Monday announced that the county government has withdrawn the hospital’s trading license and given the management until 6:00pm to clear patients.
Baby Ethan Muendo was reportedly killed by an overdose of morphine – a drug prescribed to relieve pain.
Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board Chairman Prof. Fredrick Were said baby Ethan was injected a dose that was 20 times stronger than the required amount.
“It was thought necessary that the child be given medication to reduce the pain that may come with the dressing. Medication called morphine was prescribed to be given by mouth. The boy was prescribed 0.2ml orally but the hospital did not have the syrup so it was changed to 20 milligrams injection instead of 1 milligram,” Professor Were told Citizen.