Patients at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital are currently being evacuated following the hospital wing collapse on Saturday, 7th February afternoon.
A Citizen TV report indicated that although it was not housing patients, the collapsed wing was under construction. No casualties have been reported following the incident.
Out of caution, the National Construction Authority of Kenya recommended that patients be evacuated from the remaining wings of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Hospital.
The incident comes just weeks after the National Construction Authority of Kenya confirmed that due to various factors, including poor building quality, a third of buildings across the nation are most likely to collapse.
The National Construction Authority of Kenya found poor artistry to be the root cause of most building collapsing incidents reported around the country.
Contractors failed to comply with statutory and safety requirements in some of the cases. The tragedy adds to the woes already affecting the health sector, with the nurses’ strike due to poor pay being the biggest problem.
The January strike by nurses was joined by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital health workers, which impeded service delivery in the institution that is the largest public hospital in the Nyanza region.
Public health facilities in the country have been grappling for months with staffing challenges.