Kenyans have taken to social media to castigate the government and health sector after a mother delivered outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital.

A video circulated widely on social media platforms showed the woman withering in pain outside the hospital gate.

Passers-by were heard shouting that the baby's head was visible and demanded the security guards allow the woman access to the hospital.

The unidentified woman was brought to the hospital in a taxi but guards locked the gates and watched from inside.

Uproar on social media

Nairobi Women Representative Esther Passaris condemned the hospital administrators and urged relevant authorities to look into it.

"The mistreatment of a pregnant woman at the gates of Pumwani Maternity Hospital is a shameful indictment of our health facilities. An enduring state is judged by the social services to its most vulnerable citizens," she said on her social media platforms.

According to Ms Passaris, the incident occurred a week ago.

"Pumwani Hospital informs me that the incident took place a week ago and that nurses eventually attended to mother and baby who are currently doing fine," the Women Rep stated.

"It's imperative that gaps in our healthcare systems are sealed, starting with grievances that lead to go-slows," she added.