Over 100 Patients Escape Kenya’s Mental Hospital as Doctors Begin Strike (Photos)

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mental1More than 100 mental patients in Kenya’s Mathari Hospital in Nairobi have escaped following the doctors and nurses’ strike.

Photos and videos being circulated on social media in the country show some of the patients are seen jumping across the hospital’s perimeter wall.

mental2In the video, members of the public are heard laughing with some advising the patients to remove their uniforms to avoid being identified by the authorities. Patients are also advised to walk away calmly to avoid recognition.

The Standard newspaper in Kenya reported that at least 100 patients had escaped and that the authorities were trying to track them down and bring them back to the hospital.

mental3The escape coincides with a nationwide doctor’s strike.

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