It's been described as the biggest medical mix-up in Kenya. A patient in no need of brain surgery had the procedure conducted on him, at the country's largest referral hospital. The cause of the confusion is being attributed to two patients being wrongly labelled. Apparently, it's just not medics who mess up name tags.
The fallout from this harrowing medical error has been closely followed by the media.
And yet in seeking to help the audience understand the circumstances that led to this monumental mistake, a section of the media inadvertently demonstrated just how 'easy' it can be to mix-up people's names.
According to this TV news report, Dr. Malachi Odhiambo, is an anaesthetist at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
But are we referring to this Dr. Malachi Odhiambo?
Or maybe this one?
No, wait...the above could as well be the real Dr. Malachi Odhiambo.
Clearly, editorial desk errors, do not even come close to errors in judgement, on the operating table.
The media though, operates on the premise that facts are sacred.
And getting people's names and titles right is among the most basic of required journalistic rigour.
So too, is correcting editorial mistakes.
It's unacceptable that this one error appeared on screen on two different days, across three bulletins!