Inside Kenya’s most depraved hospital

Mathari Hospital in Nairobi, the only public mental healthcare facility in Kenya. Torture of mental patients is rampant in the country, a survey has shown. Photo/File

What you need to know:

  • Patients and staff told the Saturday Nation tales of hunger, abandonment and disease. Many sleep on cold, hard and dusty floors. Cases of abuse are so rampant that complaints of sexual harassment or abuse no longer jerk the management into action.
  • The hospital receives drugs that are almost expiring from donors and has to work with them due to lack of funds.
  • According to a Kenya National Commission on Human Rights report, The Silenced Minds: The Systemic Neglect of the Mental Health System in Kenya, out of the 10 million metal patients, only 1.5 million receive treatment with the remaining 8.5 million left out.

It’s the ultimate walk of shame for any visitor to Mathari Hospital.


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