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As striking Kenyan doctors dig in, patients are forgotten and a baby dies

As striking Kenyan doctors dig in, patients are forgotten and a baby dies

No one can be sure how many people may have died because of Kenya’s five-week doctors strike, but Dismas Bikundo is sure his baby girl was one of them.

She would have been his firstborn child. When his wife, Edna, went into labor on Dec. 27, the couple was turned away from two hospitals. A private hospital sent him to the nearest government facility, Mbagathi Hospital in central Nairobi, but there was no doctor available there because of the strike at public hospitals. Bikundo rushed his wife to a third hospital run by a Catholic mission.

“By the time we arrived at the hospital it was too late. We lost the baby,” said...

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