M.P. Shah Hospital now says the family of a woman, who was fatally stabbed in Kangemi, Nairobi on April 9 is free to collect her body after the health facility partially wavered a Ksh858, 000 medical bill, which was accrued when Matilda Anyango was admitted to the hospital.
The medical bill, accrued within 12 hours, drew public criticism, with online users accusing the hospital of either inflating or duplicating charges. For instance, an online user questioned why the hospital charged Anyango’s family separately for transfusion medicine and pharmacy, which according to him, were one and the same thing.
In a press release Wednesday, April 25, M.P Shah said elaborate procedures performed on Anyango made her medical bill to balloon.
‘’Ms Anyango received the best medical care, and every effort was put in place to save her life. She was attended to by all necessary specialists and clinical staff required, during this emergent situation,’’ Toseef Din, Chief Operations Officer at M.P Shah Hospital, was quoted as saying in the press release.
“Contrary to unverified reports and accounts, at no time was the late Ms Anyango’s body detained on financial grounds. During this entire period, the hospital has worked closely with the family to provide all the necessary support,” adds the statement.
‘’It is important to note that her situation was determined so dire, that she was admitted without any financial commitment as per the M.P Shah hospital’s emergency protocol. The hospital bill in question was only an interim bill which has since been revised. Ms. Anyango’s family has been given a discount on compassionate grounds, which had initially been offered to the bereaved family,’’ added the C.O.O Toseef Din.
Anyango was rushed to the health facility while in critical condition on April 9 after being stabbed by thugs in Kangemi.
“The M.P Shah Hospital and the family of Matilda Anyango have arrived at an amicable settlement. The deceased was rushed to M.P Shah Hospital Accident and Emergency Department on the night of April 11 after she was found unconscious near her place of residence and was resuscitated before being taken to theater for emergency surgery.
“Her body has been lying at the hospital mortuary pending postmortem carried out by the Government Pathologist yesterday (Tuesday, April 24) in the presence of her family.
“Following the conclusion, the family is now at liberty to collect her body and proceed to bury her,” concluded the statement.
Anyango died aged 32.