FACING THE STINKY DOOM 21ST CENTURY

A story heavy in my soul,pumwani maternity hospital,a hospital that once stood the test of time and offerd da best care in childbearing but now remains a shell of its being.Perhaps my encounter never prepared me for the reality.the welcoming sister on duty starts on a sad note that last night they lost a mother and child in the delivery room and had to first clear the body for the mourge before she could attend to us.As we sat in the car awaiting her,a short call of nature knocks n innocently i walk to the outpatient loo’s but alas!couldn’t manage to help myself due to the stench and da huge heap of shit God knows since wen.with disgust written all over my face,i start walkin bak to the car only for a gentleman to shout,’madam umeshidwa na huko?njoo nikusaidie na funguo za huku ndani’.Dont get excited,the gents is wat i was offerd n oooh no,i cld see da disconected sewage pipe frm da toilet basin,the feaces had setlled itself in that space n i cld clearly see magots havin a hapy jamuhuri day feastin on wat they eat best!neva mind that desparate tyms cals for desparate measures,wit fingers crosed,i sort me.Its exactly 1300hrs wen we get to find our way to da newly born wards.the corridors prepare you for what to expect.i mean a little painting and renovation wouldnt hurt.as usual this cutes are adorable,so innocent to know what their mothers go through to bring them to this world nor the life that awaits them.some mothers are sharin beds,i cant recall seeing any bedings!the food being served is ugali,cabbage n potatoes for lunch…highskul style..and much as i never got to see the bathrooms i belive my previos encounter with the loos left little for my imagination to figure out.The tiny pack of gift we gave ws way too little to change their situation with over 30moms unable to raise 6k to secure discharge.as the sister explained they receive destitute young moms who can hadly affort apac of pads leave alone baby wear.but we manged to put a smile where we could.nevr mind i had a camera and forgot to take photos but the images give me ashiver down my spine making them un erasable.As we walk out ready to leave i gather info that today 13/12/12 abill of over 300k would be waived and moms allowed to go home.these explains why the hospital can hardly mentain da facilities.But i wonderd,are there attending docs?being a govt hospital targeting less fortunate wateva that term means,isn’t 6k too much to ask for?if the infrastucture is not mentained will it be a maternity or a shatty?Perhaps a vist would make you understand me better.i would love oneday to see women come together and make pumwani a maternity of choice,the pride of each kenyan woman regadless of her social class deliver in a clean place.Women we can change the situation,,,,tone la maji hujaza mtungi….u may neva know what ur little contribution can achive.A visit to60799_315712121876364_1672335423_n PMH 12/12/12..

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