Mathari Hospital hit by congestion crisis

What you need to know:

  • According to the head of Mathari Hospital in Nairobi the facility is overloaded because it cannot turn away patients referred there for psychiatric evaluation.
  • The official added that some of the referrals were unnecessary.

  • Dr Ogato said the hospital has a bed capacity of 250 and an average occupancy rate of 200 per cent.

The country’s only referral hospital for psychiatric care is unable to cope with an influx of patients sent there by courts and prisons.

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