Kenyans on social media have attacked CEO of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Lily Chepkorir Koros Tare for her response to rape allegations against the largest public hospital in the country.
The medical administrator came under scrutiny on January 19 after posts about new mothers being raped by morticians went viral on a Facebook page Buyer Beware.
A post by Ms. Mildred Owiso explained how she witnessed a new mother escape rape attempts from an attacker within the hospital. According to Mildred, the victim only escaped after her screams caught the attention of others, scaring the attacker away.
It is after this post that more allegations followed by people commenting on Mildred’s post, narrating their firsthand experience under morticians.
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Many claimed that women who have to nurse their babies are forced to walk in groups within the hospital in order to escape rape or such vices. Some narrated horrific experiences over sexual mishandling by male nurses.
Here are some of the comments;
Following the uproar, Health CS Cleopa Mailu ordered an investigation into the incident and asked the hospital administration to investigate the matter and beef up security at the facility to protect patients and their relatives.
The CS regrets if the alleged actions are true and has instructed @ KNH management to beef up security measures to protect patients and their relatives— Ministry of Health (@MOH_Kenya) January 19, 2018
KNH issued a statement signed by Lily Koros denying the allegations. According to her, the hospital has not received any complaint from the victims. She said the hospital also has 24 hour CCTV coverage on the corridors and the morticians are uniformed and well trained.
She then asked anyone who has experienced any form of harassment in the hospital to report their incident.
Kenyans, however, did not take her remarks well. Many accused her of denying what everyone else knew. They took to social media to express their disregard for her statement;
I expected that, as a woman, Kenyatta National Hospital CEO Lily Koros would take firm action against those said to have raped patients; but, instead, all she does is deny. Rape is an unacceptable violation in any community - leave alone in a public hospital.#KNHSadStories— Joshua K. Njenga (@JKNjenga) January 19, 2018
Dr. Lily Koros should have resigned. The entire Kenyatta National Hospital board should have been disbanded. The minister of health should have resigned. That is how efficient societies work. Kenya is indeed a shithole country.— Rein (@Asamoh_) January 20, 2018
I was alive when in my country we had a woman defending rape. KNH ceo Lily Koros you're disgrace not only to Kenya but humanity. ????????????????. Kwani Kenya tulikosea wapi— that girl Marion (@thatgirlMarion) January 19, 2018
Women are raped and the best @KNH_hospital CEO Dr. Lily Koros who is a fellow woman is to mock and ridicule the victims with “ suggestion box “ narrative? A lady in stitches struggling to go feed the baby to look for a pen and report of rape? What kind of stupidity is this?— Rein (@Asamoh_) January 20, 2018
Dear Lily Koros CEO KNH spare Kenyans the drama ...who still uses suggestion boxes ? Your response is insufficient and you should step aside with your CS like yesterday #FridayBriefing @BettyMKyallo @KTNNews @KTNKenya— Frederick Okango (@fokango) January 19, 2018
I had to go away to breathe after reading that KNH statement. Lily Koros is a joker. Criminals are walking around assaulting patients and that's the response?! FOH— Mwende Ngao ???????? (@mwendesusu) January 20, 2018
In civilised countries, public officers, RESIGN as soon as allegations of wrongdoing surface. In Kenya, public officials like Health CS Mailu and KNH CEO Lily Koros play to the Gallery even after grave allegations of Rape/Sexual assault of Patients at Kenyatta National Hospital.— Atanas (@Atanasi_) January 19, 2018
SEXUAL HARASSMENT horror stories at Kenyatta National Hospital must be probed by an independent body. CEO Lily Koros wrong to imagine that the incidents did not take place because suggestion boxes have no complaint. The more reason @MOH_Kenya must regularly inspect facilities pic.twitter.com/y6nG6OU4q4— CofekHealth (@CofekHealth) January 19, 2018