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Why rape breastfeeding mothers? KNH on spot after public outcry

9 months ago, 19 Jan 12:31

By: Nancy Agutu, @nan ...

Claims of breastfeeding mothers being raped at the Kenyatta National Hospital have emerged. Reports indicated that mothers who go through Cesarean are at a risk when they go to breastfeed their newborns. With the arrival of the babies, mothers are expected to go and breastfeed their babies every two hours in the nurseries located on another floor, separate from their wards. There are now claims that this exercise is hindered and complicated by the threat of rape and theft they face on their way to the nurseries.  "Security is a big issue especially for mothers whose kids are in the nursery. The nurseries are on the ground floor and the mothers on the third floor. Today met a lady who was nearly raped," social media user Mildred Owiso said. Owiso who was just a passerby at the vicinity posted on a "Buyers Beware" Facebook page, that attracted many responses from other women with similar experiences. "The lady had gone to breastfeed her baby at about 3am. Only thing that saved her the rape ordeal was her voice," Owiso said. She said the lady managed to scream her alleged attacker off. "Never mind this is someone who had her twins via cesarian and has barely healed. Such vulnerable mothers need protection," she added. Owiso was echoed by another woman who did not want to be named saying that rape was real at the hospital. "Rape in KNH hasn't started today. Those mums with kids in the nursery go through a mess. They get raped by the mortuary attendants who collect bodies from wards," she said. The woman said when they were admitted to the hospital they used to go to the nursery in a group of seven to 10 mums. She said that the men would threaten them not to make noise or they would face the consequences of their actions. "Jaribu kupiga nduru tukufanye mananasi{dead}," she said adding that "such a pity because they treat them like those dead people". Another woman said the rape story was true adding that men who move bodies to the mortuary are the culprits and need to be punished. "I was there back in 2016 November and that rape story its true. We used to go as a group of women to the nursery especially at 12am and 3am lest you meet the guys who go to the wards to collect dead bodies," she said. She said when you meet the men in the corridor they uncover the bodies to scare the women who are going to the nursery. "It's very stressful especially when you are bleeding and having stitches down there and you cant even run for your safety," she said. "So those planning to deliver there, be on the lookout especially at night don't dare risk going to the nursery alone." KNH communication officer Simon Ithae has refuted claims that the hospital is unsafe for the lactating mothers. "That is unfounded and we have not recorded such complaints. We have 24 hours security at the hospital including in ...
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Why rape breastfeeding mothers? KNH on spot after public outcry

9 months ago, 19 Jan 12:31

By: Nancy Agutu, @nan ...
Claims of breastfeeding mothers being raped at the Kenyatta National Hospital have emerged. Reports indicated that mothers who go through Cesarean are at a risk when they go to breastfeed their newborns. With the arrival of the babies, mothers are expected to go and breastfeed their babies every two hours in the nurseries located on another floor, separate from their wards. There are now claims that this exercise is hindered and complicated by the threat of rape and theft they face on their way to the nurseries.  "Security is a big issue especially for mothers whose kids are in the nursery. The nurseries are on the ground floor and the mothers on the third floor. Today met a lady who was nearly raped," social media user Mildred Owiso said. Owiso who was just a passerby at the vicinity posted on a "Buyers Beware" Facebook page, that attracted many responses from other women with similar experiences. "The lady had gone to breastfeed her baby at about 3am. Only thing that saved her the rape ordeal was her voice," Owiso said. She said the lady managed to scream her alleged attacker off. "Never mind this is someone who had her twins via cesarian and has barely healed. Such vulnerable mothers need protection," she added. Owiso was echoed by another woman who did not want to be named saying that rape was real at the hospital. "Rape in KNH hasn't started today. Those mums with kids in the nursery go through a mess. They get raped by the mortuary attendants who collect bodies from wards," she said. The woman said when they were admitted to the hospital they used to go to the nursery in a group of seven to 10 mums. She said that the men would threaten them not to make noise or they would face the consequences of their actions. "Jaribu kupiga nduru tukufanye mananasi{dead}," she said adding that "such a pity because they treat them like those dead people". Another woman said the rape story was true adding that men who move bodies to the mortuary are the culprits and need to be punished. "I was there back in 2016 November and that rape story its true. We used to go as a group of women to the nursery especially at 12am and 3am lest you meet the guys who go to the wards to collect dead bodies," she said. She said when you meet the men in the corridor they uncover the bodies to scare the women who are going to the nursery. "It's very stressful especially when you are bleeding and having stitches down there and you cant even run for your safety," she said. "So those planning to deliver there, be on the lookout especially at night don't dare risk going to the nursery alone." KNH communication officer Simon Ithae has refuted claims that the hospital is unsafe for the lactating mothers. "That is unfounded and we have not recorded such complaints. We have 24 hours security at the hospital including in ...
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