NAIROBI, A group of women leaders Saturday visited the Kenyatta National Hospital on a fact finding mission after section of mothers took to the social media, detailing how morgue attendants harassed them sexually whenever they meet on the corridors or the lifts en-route to the new born unit situated on the hospital’s second floor.
According the women leaders led by the Chair-lady of Parliamentary Committee on Health Sabina Chege, spoke of horrifying stories and how lax security measures and the floor structure at the maternity ward have created fertile ground for sexual predators.
Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda also urged the hospital’s management to allow the relevant agencies to conduct investigations into the matter.
Allegations of rape, attempted rape and sexual harassment first came to the fore on social media on Thursday where scores of mothers recounted harrowing tales of how they were accosted along dimly lit stairs and elevators with most victims pointing a finger at morgue attendants moving bodies at night.
The hospital management has dismissed the allegations saying mortuary attendants use service lifts, which are separate from lifts used by patients and clients.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Women Lawyers �FIDA Kenya has appealed to any woman who has been a victim of sexual abuse at the Kenyatta National Hospital to approach their offices in order to get legal support.
In a statement to Newsrooms, the Chairperson FIDA Kenya Josephine Mongare says the matter will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.
She says FIDA will support the women who have gone through these ordeals by offering counseling and ensure that access to justice is availed to them.
The FIDA Kenya Chairperson asked the government and the management of the Kenyatta National Hospital to speedily but efficiently investigate the sexual abuse claims at the hospital and ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
Mongare further wants the government to take up its responsibility of enforcing and beefing up security in the hospital and its surroundings including other public hospital facilities.
She lashed out at the hospital’s CEO Lily Koros for dismissing the rape claims terming her comments as worrying.
Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has ordered investigations into the social media reports of rape ordeals at the Hospital.
The CS further ordered the KNH management and security agents to provide a report on the issue by Monday 22nd January 2018.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK