Pressure mounts for KNH CEO to resign

Written By: Caroline Kamau

Kenya National Union of Nurses Secretary General Seth Panyako wants Kenyatta National Hospital Chief Executive Officer Lilly Koros to resign.

Panyako who condemned the alleged rape claims by nursing mothers wondered why such a facility that is regionally celebrated could fail to have CCTV cameras to help fasten the verification of such cases whenever they arise.

He spoke as a Kibra based women’s lobby group called for speedy investigations into the matter, and wants those found culpable brought to book if the claims are authenticated.

He called on KNH management to prioritize the safety of expectant and nursing mothers.

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Led by Hamida Twahir who is the Chairperson of Kibera Local Forum, the women at the same time called for speedy investigations into the allegations.

Such were the called by Nyandarua Women Representative Faith Gitau who called for enhanced security within the hospital premises amid the ongoing probe.

The Health ministry has since ordered a probe into the allegations.

On Saturday, a group of women leaders 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.

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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.

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Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda also urged the hospital’s management to allow the relevant agencies to conduct investigations into the matter.

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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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