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Psychiatric patients escape Kenyan hospital

ESCAPE: Mathari Mental Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya

KENYAN POLICE say 40 mentally unwell patients have escaped from a hospital in the capital.

Patients left the premises by overpowering guards.

Authorities in Nairobi are searching the city for the escaped patients – some of whom are known to be violent.

The Mathari Mental Hospital, the complex from they escaped, is the largest psychiatric hospital in Kenya.

It has also been under close scrutiny for its treatment of patients – a 2011 CNN documentary, called Locked up and Forgotten, reported that human rights abuses took place there – claims which led to rights groups wanting an investigation.

Part of the documentary sees the news crew finding a corpse locked up with a patient in a seclusion cell.

During events before the escape, national newspaper, the Standard, reports patients left the premises after they had complained their medication was ineffective.

Moses Ombati, a senior Nairobi police offer told the BBC: “We have all their particulars and including their pictures and that will make it easy for us to identify them”.

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