Ordinarily, December is a quiet month in Kenyan hospitals. Patient postpone consultations, defer invasive interventions and even asked to be discharged from the wards to join family and friends over Christmas and the new year.
This last December was very different at Sagam due to the on going doctors’ strike that has crippled all public hospitals in the country. Private hospitals have been inundated with hordes of patients, most of them too sick to wait for the labor dispute to be resolved.
For us at Sagam, the situation was worsened by the fact that we are the only private institutions in Siaya County (and sounding areas) offering surgical services while not turning away any patients for lack of money.
And they have been coming in tens, hundreds and thousands- filling every bed space and the corridors. Some accepted to sleep on the floor rather than die at home or be referred to less busy facilities with questionable standards of care.
It has been tough on our staff. Supply lines have been stretched. We opened all our three operation rooms to run concurrently, 24/7.
The results have been remarkable. We took care of everyone. We comforted thousands and saved lives of hundreds.
That’s us, Sagam. That’s who we are!
Thanks go to our dedicated staff for doing God’s work. Special thanks to our nurses and clinicians (including FEM residents, SCH Clinical Officers and Trainees, SCH interns, MGH Global Fellows and Consultant doctors in from Siaya, Lodwar and Eldoret), ER and OR staff, laboratory and imaging, ambulance and transport, accounts, sanitation, pharmacy, mortuary and support staff in the cafeteria and kitchen…..not to forget the management and leadership at hand.
This strike and our response has defined Sagam as the place to go. It has reaffirmed our mission to save lives even in the most dire circumstances.
Thank you to the public for trusting us, as we all pray for a speedy resolution of the strike and return to normalcy.