Kenya mental hospital accused of drugging, confining patients; may have led to recent escapes

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An advocacy group says patients at Kenya's only psychiatric hospital are often confined and immobilized using drugs that put them into a comatose-like state, factors that could have led to the recent escape of 40 male patients.

Edah Maina, who heads the Kenya Society For the Mentally Handicapped, said Friday that the mental hospital in Kenya's Mathari section is violating patients' rights under Kenya's constitution.

Mathari hospital says 34 of the patients who escaped about two weeks ago have been brought back by parents, guardians and members of the public.

The hospital's superintendent, Dr. Kisivuli Azenga, could not be reached for comment.

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