Access to emergency services an uphill task despite tough laws

Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. The country should train more health workers on emergency care. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Both the Constitution and the Health Law 2017 state that nobody should be denied emergency medical treatment.
  • Chances of survival for these patients depend mainly on the golden hour — which requires a patient to receive emergency care within the first one hour.

Matilda Anyango was walking home from work late into the night in Nairobi’s Kangemi estate when she was suddenly attacked by a knife-welding gang.

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