Alex Madaga

The late Alex Madaga, a 37-year old casual worker, sustained serious head injuries on Monday 5th October 2015 after a road accident that left him unconscious. He was referred from Kikuyu Mission Hospital and taken to three private hospitals one of which refused him admission because his wife couldn't immediately raise a down payment of KES. 200,000 while other two did not have an available ICU bed.

Alex spent 18 hours in an ambulance before an ICU bed was available at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). The patient was admitted at KNH on Tuesday 6th October 2015 at 5.30pm. By then he was bleeding in his brain and every second spent in the ambulance was critical for his survival. He passed away on Friday 9th October 2015 at 1.50pm.

Since Mr. Madaga’s avoidable death: 

Date

Action

Fri.   9th October The Council of Governors committed to upgrade most of the county hospitals to referral status to cut costs and reduce deaths in clinics. Read more
Sat. 10th October Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists' Union (KMPDU) and a group of civil societies called for Members of Parliament to accelerate and pass the draft Health Bill 2014 currently in Parliament as well as demanded for prosecution of the private hospitals that turned Mr. Madaga away. Read More
Sun. 11th October Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero, ordered his County Government to launch investigations into public and private hospitals that do not admit emergency patients. If found guilty, the hospitals will be disallowed to renew their licenses. Read More
Mon. 12th October Cord leader, Raila Odinga, instructed a team of lawyers to sue Kikuyu Mission Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Coptic Hospital and the German Medical Centre for negligence allegedly leading to the death of Alex Madaga. Read More
Tue. 13th October The Senate criticized the Government for doing little to provide medical emergency care. The Senate Speaker gave the Health Committee Chair two weeks to explain why Alex Madaga died after spending 18 hours in an ambulance. The Senate further called for action to be taken against the hospitals that turned away Alex Madaga. Read More
Tue. 13th October A stressed man killed himself over KES. 12,000-hospital bill needed to enable his wife and pre-term baby access specialised treatment at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret. Read More
Wed. 14th October Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia, demanded a report from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board, within three days, on what happened to Alex Madaga. Read More
Wed. 14th October Nairobi Women's Hospital issued a statement denouncing claims that it denied admission to Alex Madaga. The hospital claimed it didn't have any vacant space in its ICU facility. Read More
Fri. 16th October The Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board held a preliminary inquiry into the death of Alex Madaga.The Board found Coptic Hospital and KNH with a case to answer. Kikuyu Mission Hospital was admonished for not having a clinical staff accompany Alex Madaga in the ambulance. No action was recommended to Nairobi Women's Hospital and Ladnan Hospital. Read More

Thur.     22nd  October

The Health NGO's Network (HENNET), Kenya Legal and Ethical Issues Network on HIV and AIDS (KELIN) and the Society for International Development (SID) started a fundraiser to support the family of the late Alex Madaga. Read More

State of Kenya's Health Sector

Heath Bill 2014

Statement by Civil Society on Alex Madaga

Media Cover on Alex Madaga

Statement by Civil Society During Alex Madaga's Funeral