KNH CEO Lily Koros maintains allegations of sexual assault false

Written By: James Rono/Beth Nyaga
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Kenyatta National Hospital CEO Lily Koros maintains that allegations of sexual assault on mothers by morgue attendants at the facility are false.

Ms. Koros, who appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Health Friday was put to task to explain the state of the hospital’s investigations into the matter.

This comes after claims of rape at the hospital emerged on Saturday, January 20 on social media which resulted to intense backlash from the public.

The chief executive told the committee that since she took over the reins at the hospital, the management has never received any complaints of sexual harassment from its patients.

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The CEO however said that the hospital’s management is taking the allegations seriously and is putting in place necessary measures to secure the patients. She further listed measures the hospital’s management has put in place to secure the patients.

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They include; improving the lighting at the hospital, procurement of modern body carrying trolleys, fast tracking the purchase of CCTV cameras to boost security as well as increasing the number of operational digital communication sets.

On Tuesday this week, a group of activists held demos in Nairobi calling for the resignation of CEO Lily Koros and Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu following allegations of rape at the facility.

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The activists said the perceived violence against women at KNH is despicable and that they also demand for better health care.

KNH has since asked the Director of Criminal Investigations to investigate as they did not have any record of assault.

KNH was put on the spot after 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.

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The KNH management has since approved the engagement of additional security from private security firms and requested the National Police Service to increase coverage of the hospital in order to boost security.

In a statement, the KNH Board Chairman Mark Bor said they had also asked the hospital management to explore the viability of breastfeeding mothers being relocated closer to the new born unit for convenience.

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