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New help is at hand for violence victims

Mombasa.

A Nairobi-based women’s hospital has taken its war on violence against women to Mombasa county.

Nairobi Women’s Hospital has offered to provide free services at a hospital whose construction will be completed next year. The new hospital will cost Sh500 million.

The hospital in Nyali will offer services ranging from counselling, maternity, theatre, diagnostic, kidney problems treatment among many others.

Love, protect and cherish

Nairobi Women’s Hospital’s chief executive officer Dr Sam Nthenya said the hospital was almost complete and will be open in January or February next year.

“We are committed to ensuring that gender-based violence is a thing of the past. The new hospital will be our sixth in Kenya but the first in Mombasa.

It will offer all the major services victims of gender-based violence will need,” said the doctor.

He was speaking yesterday during the launch of a campaign dubbed ‘One million fathers movement’.

The launch took place at the Likoni channel ferry.

The campaign’s main aim is fighting the violence and urging men to love, protect, cherish and stand against any form of brutality against women.

Dr Nthenya urged men in Mombasa to sign up in large numbers for the drive.

He Said they started the campaign because statistics indicated that 90 per cent of perpetrators of gender-based violence were men.

Suffer in silence

“Any form of violence should stop. All men should be on the forefront in this campaign. We know for sure that some men also suffer in silence at the hands of their wives and girlfriends. We must do all we can to stop any form of violence irrespective of whether it is being perpetrated by men or women,” he said.

Ms Alberta Wambua who is the executive director at the Gender Recovery Centre at Nairobi Women’s Hospital said the campaign will also be taken to other regions of the country soon.

She said there were some areas in the country whose gender based violence statistics were astonishing.