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Several foetuses found dumped in Thika as abortion cases escalate

Police in Thika are investigating several medical clinics within Thika town following increased reported cases of abortion in the area.

According to the area OCPD Willy Simba,  police have been following leads linking some health facilities in the area to several foetuses that were recently found damped near Biafra estate, and expressed optimism that the culprits will soon be apprehended.

Simba revealed that they are soon going to engage the services of the Kenya Poisons and Pharmacy Board to inspect medical clinics suspected to be procuring back street abortions within the town.

These come hot in the heels of a fierce demonstration 3 weeks ago by residents of Biafra estate, who took to the streets to protest against a local clinic suspected to have dumped dead foetuses in a run-off water tunnel.

The OCPD pointed out that police have in their custody some receipts found in the pile of medical wastes, precariously dumped in the passageway, adding that his office has already engaged the services of NEMA offices to take action against the owners of the mentioned clinics and pharmacies.

The OCPD also revealed that they were also investigating allegations that a 7 months old foetus was found dumped in the dustbin of a popular learning institution on Tuesday morning.

He said that he had sent police officers to the institution to investigate the matter.

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Simba said that if the student suspected to have procured the abortion is taken to the hospital and medical examinations reveal that she has carried out the procedure, she will be forced to identify the clinic that carried out the abortion, and they will both be taken to court to answer charges of infanticide.

Area Children officer Rebecca Kariuki, while speaking during  area Children Advisory Committee meeting decried increase of cases of abortion in the area, saying that Thika town has several institutions of higher learning and thus the increase of abortion cases.

She said that she will soon engage stakeholders in Children matters to start an awareness campaign against abortion in Thika town and its environs.

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