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No, photo of babies in overcrowded Ugandan – not Kenyan – hospital

A photo of six newborn babies lying on newspaper-covered plastic chairs has been shared on Facebook in Kenya.

The caption claims it shows the poor conditions at Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, the country’s capital.

In the comments, Facebook users debate whether the photo is actually of Pumwani. What’s the truth here? We checked.

Photo from Uganda

A Google reverse image search reveals the photo was taken in the neonatal intensive care unit of Kawempe Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, in August 2019.

The photo also raised concern among Ugandans on Facebook at the time, with many worried that the babies were at risk.

In a statement, the Ugandan health ministry said they were working with the hospital to find solutions for overcrowding.

The babies were later moved to a specialised women and neonatal hospital in Mulago, in northern Kampala.

On 26 August 2019, Africa Check debunked a Facebook post that used the same photo, this time claiming the hospital was in Nigeria.

But the photo is from Uganda, not Kenya or Nigeria. – Grace Gichuhi


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