The government has succumbed to pressure from medics and Kenyans at large demanding for it to clear the outstanding bill left by the late Dr Stephen Mogusu who succumbed to Covid-19 related complain early this week.
On Thursday, the Kenyatta University Teaching Referral and Research Hospital noted that the family is taken the body after the government cleared the Sh2014, 618 bill.
“A clearance letter was issued to the wife in order to proceed and finish processing of burial permit at the farewell home. The hospital is awaiting the family to pick up their loved one,” a statement from the hospital’s Credit Control Office read in part.
On Wednesday, reports emerged in the media indicating that the body of the deceased was still lying at the morgue after the family failed to settle the bill.
Earlier on, medics had demanded that the Ministry of Health takes responsibility and cover the bill left behind by deceased health workers.
"I have been in touch with the family and they had to fundraise for Sh200,000 as deposit for admission to the ICU. Mogusu has left behind a bill the family is not sure how to clear," KMPDU Secretary General Chibanzi Mwachonda said.
“His death and that of 12 others…We demand MoH to take full responsibility outstanding bill and compensation of families,” he added.
Following the demands, Ministry of Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Mercy Mwangangi noted that the Ministry was already in talks with the family to assist where possible.
“Losing a 28-year-old (Dr Stephen Mogusu) is heartbreaking; we are in discussions to ensure that the family is able to get the aid they require but additionally that we are able to ensure that this isn't a situation that recurs among other healthcare workers,” she said.