Shalom Community Hospital has attracted bad publicity in the recent past putting in damper in one of oldest private hospitals in Kenya. The hospital was established in 1984 in a rented house in Mutituni by Dr. Fredrick Jairus Aila Onyango and Mrs Benter Onyango. Through the vision of the founders, the clinic growth was on an upward trajectory and in 1992 it upgraded to Dr. Onyango’s Maternity & Nursing Home. In 1998, Shalom Hospital Machakos was born followed by Athi River Shalom Community Hospital.
Number of Hospitals
The growth of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) accredited hospital has grown to boasts of 4 hospitals, 2 primary care & diagnostic clinics in Machakos, Kajiado and Kisumu counties.
Machakos Shalom Community Hospital, Machakos Town
Athi River Shalom Community Hospital, Athi River
St. Jairus Hospital, Kisumu
Siana Community Hospital, Kajiado Town
Services Offered At Shalom Community Hospital
Laboratory & Pharmacy
Surgical Department : Male & Female
Plastic Surgery Department
Ear Nose Throat (ENT) Department 9
Radiology (X-ray, Ultrasound & CT Scan)
Gynecology & Obstetrics
Comprehensive Care Clinic/ TB Clinic
High Dependency Unit (HDU)
Family Planning / MCH Department
ECG & Ultra Sound Services
Dental and Optical Services
Funeral Home – Mortuary Services
Renal Services (Dialysis)
The hospital was closed after a seven-month-old baby Ethan Muendo died in the hands of an untrained hospital attendant. According to the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board (KMPDB), baby Ethan was injected with a dose of morphine that was 20 times stronger than what his body could handle.
This came shortly after a video went viral on social media of a mother giving birth in the hospital reception as nurses looked on undisturbed. Social media users accused the hospital of unprofessionalism as past patients narrated their ordeal in the hands of the nurses.
Here are some of posts shared on Shalom Facebook page:
Shalom Hospital Machakos was reopened after satisfying KMPDB investigators with the changes that had been instituted by the management. The hospital had been closed for three weeks following the death of baby Ethan.
Shalom Hospital Contacts
Athi River Shalom Community Hospital
+254-723-951-761 / +254-798-664-173
P. O. Box 505, 00204, Athi River
Namanga Rd, Athi River,
Machakos Country, Kenya Next