The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Moi Referral Treats 4,000 Abuse Cases

More than 4,000 cases of Sexual Gender-Based Violence have been recorded at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in the past year.

The cases were handled at the hospital's Centre for Assault Recovery of Eldoret where statistics indicate that cases are on the rise.

The centre handles an average of 200 cases a month. Mary Chitai, the nurse in charge of Care says more than 64 per cent of the cases affect girls including some as young as ten years.

She told journalists that they will work with stakeholders to educate the public on SGBV. "There are many cases of SGBV which are never reported," she said.

"Many communities still treat sexual matters with secrecy making it difficult for victims to get assistance," she added. CEO Dr John Kibosia said the institution will expand the centre and equip it.

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