Medics decry insecurity on Lamu hospital road

Medics decry insecurity on Lamu hospital road

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Lamu,KILIFI:Hospital staff and patients on Lamu Island have expressed concern over rising insecurity and robbery incidents along a road leading to the County Hospital.

They now want action taken after several staff and patients were attacked and robbed at knife point by a gang in broad daylight.

Three nurses and a doctor at the hospital confirmed having been robbed of their mobile phones and cash at the now notorious route.

Abdullahi Ware, a victim of the gang, says he was attacked on Tuesday evening by the gang which poses as boat owners and fishermen in the area.

“They attacked me as I headed to hospital and beat me with clubs and one even stabbed me with a knife in the back of my head. They then stole Sh.1500 and vanished,” said Ware.

A nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity said staff at the hospital was planning to hold a go-slow in to protest at the rising insecurity.

“I was attacked at 11 am in the morning as I went to work. Nowadays people are scared to come to work at the hospital. Three nurses lost phones, pads and money last week. The gang is so daring by robbing even during daytime they know no one can find them,” said the nurse.

However, commenting on the matter, Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri promised investigations had been launched and that prompt measures will be taken to address the matter.

“I haven’t received the reports about the incidents at Kengen. These victims do not report to the police. We shall however treat the matter with the urgency it requires. We shall deal with that I promise,” said Kanyiri.