NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – The Director of Medical Services has challenged the Nairobi Women’s hospital to invest in a forensic laboratory that would ensure justice for Gender Based Violence (GBV) survivors.
Francis Kimani said survivors of sexual violence would get justice since DNA achieves 100 percent evidence.
“Whereas there is a forensic lab at the government chemist, it is not sufficient for the number of cases that Nairobi Women’s Hospital’s Gender Violence and Recovery Centre and other medical facilities in the country receives in a day,” he said at the opening of the Nairobi Women’s hospital fourth branch in Kitengela.
The 24-hour medical centre will cater for the needs of residents within Kitengela, Mavoko, Athi River, Mlolongo, Isinya, and Machakos.
The branch, which is located on Namanga road in the same building as Kenya Power, is fully equipped with state-of-art equipment to handle all medical and surgical cases.
“Current estimates put the population of Kitengela and the large Mavoko County as well as Olkejuado at between 60,000 to 100,000 people. Given these numbers it is worth noting that the decision to establish our fourth branch in Kitengela was not a lucky guess but was arrived at after research found that there was indeed a need for a 24-hour healthcare facility in the region – and the Nairobi Women’s Hospital Kitengela is exactly that – and the only one,” Sam Thenya, the Group Chief Executive Officer said.
The chairperson of the Board of Directors, Patricia Ithau noted that the hospital planned to be the largest hospital group focusing on women’s healthcare.
“Our vision is very clear; we are trusted with the healthcare of our women in Africa. With this in mind our journey to meet this vision kicked off in high spirits when we launched our Ongata Rongai and now we are launching the Kitengela branch still in high spirits. Increasing our foot print will help in the journey to end maternal and child mortality,” she said.
During the 2008 post election violence, the centre attended to more than 100,000 patients of Gender Based Violence across the country according to the Gender Violence Recovery Centre Executive Director Wangechi Kahuria.