The Emergency Department in a hospital is open and staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week to handle patients who present without prior appointment with a mix of injuries and acute illnesses either by their own means or by that of an ambulance. Check out our resources page for more ED Resources.
Reasons for patients with non-urgent conditions attending the emergency department in Kenya: A qualitative study
Reasons for patients with non-urgent conditions attending the emergency department in Kenya: A qualitative study.
Matifary CR, Wachira B, Nyanja N, Kathomi C.
Afr J Emerg Med. 2021 Mar;11(1):113-117. doi: 10.1016/j.afjem.2020.09.004.
Access to emergency services an uphill task despite tough laws
Both the Constitution 2010 and the Health Act 2017 state that nobody should be denied emergency medical treatment.
This includes pre-hospital care, stabilising the patient, and arranging for referral in cases where the health provider of first call does not have the facilities necessary to stabilise the patient.
Emergency treatment, according to the African Federation for Emergency Medicine, is the provision of initial resuscitation, stabilisation, and treatment to acutely ill and injured patients, and delivery of those patients to the best available definitive care, regardless of ability to pay.
“More accident and emergency centres are required”, President Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken action after he made a secret visit to Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)
The president who was speaking to the team tasked with regenerating Nairobi city co-chaired by Governor Mike Sonko and Tourism CS Najib Balala revealed that he made an anonymous visit to the National hospital and the state of the accidents and emergency centre was wanting.
He added that the center experiences too much pressure and more emergency centres are required in the city.
“More accident and emergency centres are required. You have to get these centres working,” said the President.