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Health CS orders probe into claims of sexual predators at KNH

Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has ordered investigations into claims of near-rape incidents of new mothers at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH)

The CS made the directive on Friday after several new mothers at the referral hospital came out in the public to complain that they have been targeted by sexual predators in recent times.

In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Health quoted the Health CS’s directive to the hospital management and security agents to submit a report on the findings of the probe by Monday.

The claims of the incidents dominated social media on Friday with several mothers sharing their experiences.

KNH Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros has also said that they have written to the DCI asking for investigation into the matter.

However, she says the hospital has not received any complaints and they have also not established anything from the facility’s CCTV footage.

Koros assured patients of their security at the hospital, while also urging those effected to call 0722825599 or write to the hospital.

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Meanwhile, the Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA) chair Purity Wangui Ngirici has issued a statement condemning the incidents at KNH.

“It is hard to imagine that this issue was well known to the management who did nothing good to beef up security and ensure the safety of these women when they are at their most vulnerable,” she said.

She further called for immediate investigations and criminal prosecution of the culprits to commence.

“Some people have slept on their jobs and put the lives of others in the hands of criminals. We shall not keep quiet. We shall speak out for the dignity and safety of mothers,” she said.