Health workers call for enhancement of security in hospitals after assault incident in Busia
The Health Union Caucus has vowed to petition the Senate to
modify existing laws to improve security measures in healthcare facilities.
The Union's sentiments come after two individuals were captured on
camera threatening healthcare workers at Port Victoria Hospital in Busia on
In a joint statement to newsrooms on Friday signed by Health
Union Caucus Secretary General Dr. Davji Atellah, the health workers condemned
the aforementioned incident labeling such cases a hindrance to Kenya's
"The Unions will be petitioning Senate to amend necessary
legislation to provide for enhanced security measures within health facilities
and enforcement of Occupational Safety and Health Act in health
facilities," the statement reads in part.
"Such acts of aggression not only jeopardize the safety and
well-being of healthcare professionals but also undermine the critical
healthcare services they provide to the community. This incident is a stark
reminder of the urgent need for enhanced security measures within healthcare
facilities across the country."
The health workers likewise decried a notable increase in
attacks targeting health workers across the country, further asserting that
individuals responsible for these attacks are often not held responsible for
"Just the other day, health workers in Naivasha level 4
hospital were threatened at gunpoint. The police appeared 4 hours later. There
are similar cases like the one in Migori and Kisii where assailants were indeed
State officers and people who are expected to carry themselves with utmost
decorum," said the health workers.
"It is concerning that almost all hospitals do not have
scanners and anybody can get into the hospital with weapons without forgetting
that a number of people seeking attention are mentally unwell. Health workers
are exposed to these criminal acts especially during night duty."
The union further called for the arrest of the two
individuals captured threatening the health workers at the hospital in Busia.
"In view of the foregoing; we demand the immediate arrest
of the assailants who are now well known and the enhancement of security
surveillance and intervention protocols in all health facilities across the
country," they said.
They also advocated for the provision of armed security
personnel in all health facilities especially during night duties and the
urgent implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Act within health
In the video documenting the Busia incident, a man and a woman
can be seen harassing two nurses at the facility while hurling unprintable
insults at them.
At some point, the woman is seen scattering objects lying on one
of the nurses’ desks to the floor and tossing some at her while calling her
She then threatens to call somebody she only identifies as
“Ababu,” as her accomplice also takes out his phone and tells the other person
on the line to; “harakisha ukuje hapa sai, we have an emergency here!”
They then leave after noticing that someone else in the room is
recording them on camera.
Reports indicate that the two had taken another person, who was
allegedly intoxicated, to the facility for treatment and demanded to be
attended to ahead of other patients who were already also waiting for
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