At least 100 mentally ill patients 'escape' from Kenyan hospital – report

2016-12-05 12:52


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Cape Town – At least 100 Kenyan mentally ill patients have reportedly escaped from a hospital in the capital Nairobi, as doctors and nurses embarked on a strike on Monday.

According to the Standard newspaper, doctors and nurses in the east African country began a nationwide strike after talks called by the health ministry collapsed over the weekend.

The report said authorities had since launched an operation to return the mentally ill patients.

This was not the first time that mentally ill patients escaped from the same hospital.

In 2013, a report by K24TV said that at least 40 mentally ill patients broke out of their holding cells at the Mathari hospital, leaving behind two security guards nursing serious injuries.

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Police had to launch a man hunt.

Mathari was the largest referral hospital for psychiatric in Kenya. 

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