KNH to hire additional private security after rape claims

KNH CEO Lilly Koros addressing journalists at the hospital on Friday, January 19, 2018. /RHODA ODHIAMBO
KNH CEO Lilly Koros addressing journalists at the hospital on Friday, January 19, 2018. /RHODA ODHIAMBO

Kenyatta National Hospital has approved the addition of more private security guards after sexual assault claims by patients.

The approval was done by the board on Monday who urged the police to boost security at the hospital to avert such incidences.

"The board has with immediate effect approved the engagement of additional security complement from private security," chairman Mark Bor said in a statement on Monday.

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Bor said they have

also requested the National Police Service to increase their patrols adding that they

toured the affected wards and spoke to patients and staff about their experiences.

The board and also made suggestions relating

to physical and functional infrastructural improvements, Bor added.

Amid public outrage over allegations of rape at KNH, its CEO explained that her addresses to the media are based on the reports they receive.

Kenyatta National Hospital was put on the spot after a woman claimed she was sexually assaulted as she walked to a different ward to breastfeed her baby.

Members of the public got angry on Friday when Koros reported that they had asked the DCI to investigate the claims as they did not have any record of assault.

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The chief executive noted on Sunday night that she was not wrong when she asked Kenyans to ignore reports that were not based on records.

During her interview on Citizen TV, she said this statement was based on the report she had received by that time.

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