Protest rocks Kenya over allegations of rape at national hospital

Protesters have marched in Nairobi following accusations that staff at one of the city’s largest hospitals Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi have tried to sexually assault new mothers.

The hospital denied the claims but has joined the health ministry in calling for a criminal investigation.

It was a Facebook post gone viral that led to this march demanding better security and better maternal care at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

The post is the story of a new mother who said she was nearly raped in the corridors of the hospital while going to breastfeed her baby. Other group members chimed in, alleging similar experiences and other misconduct by hospital staff.

On Tuesday, hundreds of protesters marched to the ministry of health to present a petition and then on to the hospital itself.

There, outside the main gate, the marchers traded insults with hospital staff.

The hospital in its response to the allegations said “We wish to state that there is no mother or patient that has reported to have been raped or an attempted rape at Kenyatta National Hospital. KNH has 24 hour CCTV surveillance in the lifts and along the corridors and along the wards including the newborn unit. Besides there is a security team, including uniformed officers, who oversee the safety and security of patients in the hospital during the day and night.”

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