Kenya: Teenage patient sexually assaulted at Nairobi Women's Hospital, includes hospital's comments

Author: Mohamed Ahmed, Daily Nation (Kenya), Published on: 15 May 2019

"Girl: I was assaulted at Nairobi Women's Hospital"

A hospital in Mombasa is on the spot following reports that a laboratory technician sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. According to reports, the employee of Nairobi Women’s Hospital attempted to defile the girl, who had been admitted for malaria and back pain last week. On Tuesday, the Standard Eight pupil said the man called her to the laboratory around midnight on Thursday “for medication”. “He came and asked if I was still in pain. He then told me to go to the laboratory,” the girl said in a written statement. She added that when she walked into the lab, the man told her that she was still sick, based on the blood samples he had taken earlier. “He then closed the door and said I should get a massage. He began from my neck and then started touching my private parts,” the girl said...

When the Nation team visited the hospital on Tuesday, the management admitted that the incident took place, adding that it was co-operating with the investigating officers. This was after the technician was arrested and an investigation file opened. In a statement, the hospital said it had suspended the employee as police took over the matter. “The behaviour of the staff member goes against our core values, professional ethics and policies on anti-gender based violence at the workplace and beyond,” read the statement signed by Nairobi Women’s Hospital Mombasa branch manager Rose Obiero.

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