Three workers from Shalom Community Hospital were on Thursday charged with manslaughter at Machakos Law courts.
This follows the death of 7 month old baby Ethan after he was _injected with an overdose of morphine.
Appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate Irene Kahuya was Vincent Njau Ng’ang’a, Irene Katete Mutinda and Odhiambo Kennedy who denied the charges.
The court heard that, the accused persons jointly with others not before the court caused the death of Ethan Muendo, a child aged seven months.
On the second count, they were charged with reckless and negligent act causing harm to the seven months old baby.
Being persons authorized to deal with poisonous substances, it is alleged that they knowingly injected Morphine, causing the death of Ethan Muendo.
The accused persons were released on a bond of Sh. 500, 000 with a surety of similar amount.
The case will be mentioned in May 23, 2019.
Shalom Community Hospital Still Closed
Meanwhile, Shalom Community Hospital in Machakos remains closed.
The facility was closed after the death of baby Ethan.
The sudden demise of baby Ethan comes barely a month after a woman delivered on the floor of the hospital’s branch in Athi River in a case of suspected negligence.
On Monday, angry journalists based in Machakos County stormed the hospital demanding a probe on its operations, alleging that they were always covering incidences of negligence and they were fed up.
Their anger was heightened by the death of 7 month old baby Ethan who is a son to a KBC correspondent, Jonathan Mutiso.
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua listed a couple pf failures on the part of the facility including the facility’s lack of proper procedures and staffing.
There was public outrage following the death of baby Ethan which the governor said could have been prevented had due diligence been enforced.