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PCEA leader has hospital defects using COVID-19 patients in need – KBC

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PCEA chief pastor Rev. Godffrey Jomo has called on the government to intervene, claiming that hospitals are exploiting COVID-19 patients.

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The pastor said many public and private hospitals have taken advantage of the coronavirus outbreak to raise patients by raising medical bills.

“When we unite to prevent the dangerous Coronavirus, it is unfortunate that hospitals commit murders by sucking patients up to the last coin,” he lamented.

He said the situation was worse in many hospitals across the country claiming that when a person was rushed to the hospital, some doctors thought they were suffering from coronavirus.
He said it led to hospital management demanding more than Ksh 600,000 for deposits before they accepted the patient.

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“What worries me the most is that the longer you stay in the ICU, the more happy the management will be as medical bills continue to increase by the millions.

He set aside a case in which his cousin Nelson Waweru Njukia remained at the ICU’s Referral and Referral Teacher’s Center (MTRH) for nine days before contracting the virus.

Jomo said the hospital hit the family with a medical bill of Ksh 637,000 which he allegedly had collected in a short period of time. Jomo noted.

“In total, as a family we spent more than Ksh 3.1 million to clean up Weru’s medical bills and its release as he had attended the Nakuru War memorial and Evans private hospitals where the family also paid a lot of money for those services,” he said.

Rev Jomo has now challenged the Government to come up with measures to control hospital performance and put more emphasis on caring for coronavirus victims from poor families.

“The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) should also be financially empowered to cover medical bills in general as the current ration does not support it,” he said.

The PCEA leader stressed that all efforts should be focused on combating the virus and addressing its negative effects noting that BBI and other non-emergency issues should be addressed at least for now.

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