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#RespectOurMothers: Furore as woman in labour is turned away from Pumwani Hospital

#RespectOurMothers: Furore as woman in labour is turned away from Pumwani Hospital

A video of a woman in labour on the road right outside Pumwani Maternity Hospital has elicited anger among netizens, who expressed their displeasure with the government and hospital management under the hashtag #RespectOurMothers. In the undated video, the woman who’s visibly in labour is seen sitting on the tarmac outside the hospital as well-wishers scramble to cover her with lesos. Irate residents are heard insulting the hospital for allegedly turning away the woman, despite her condition. Netizens vented their anger through the hashtag which is the same one used to protest against Emurua Dikirr MP Johanna Ngeno’s utterances on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his mother.

Netizens called out politicians who held demonstrations defending mothers for failing to speak out in light of the footage. Others bashed senators for the delay in passing the counties revenue formula which led to a shutdown of some essential county services. Here are some reactions: