HelpAge International demands justice for elderly abuse at PCEA Thogoto Home
Help Age International, a global non-profit organisation committed to the well-being and dignity of older people, has on Tuesday responded to the recent BBC’s revelation on the alleged mistreatment and neglect of the elderly at the PCEA Thogoto home for the aged in Kikuyu, Kiambu county.
The organisation has called on the National Police Service and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to respond to the allegations made in the report.
They added that the police and the DPP’s office should ensure that those found guilty should be subjected to the full force of the law.
HelpAge International stated every individual, regardless of their age has a right to be treated with respect compassion, and care and that mistreatment of the elderly is simply denying them their basic human right.
HelpAge International has over the years aimed to improve the lives of older women and men in low- and middle-income countries
The BBC exposè revealed the mistreatment of the elderly in the Thogoto care home which was set up by the PCEA church. The report that aired on August 6 sparked a lot of reactions from Kenyans.
Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Social Protection and Senior Citizens Affairs, Joseph Motari, condemned the mistreatment and promised appropriate action against those responsible.
“Why are people so inhumane? Yaani Kenya watu hawaogopi hata laana (Are Kenyans not afraid of curses)?” questioned a Twitter user.
The video revealed upsetting sights of some members of staff from the care home physically abusing patients, failing to attend to their medical requirements, and putting the elderly in abhorrent conditions. In one image, an old woman is shown being caned while being surrounded by attendants.
As seen in the exposè, the manager of the care facility, Jane Gaturu, denied the allegations, claiming that there was no basis for the claims of medical negligence. She has also emphasized the care facility’s devotion to Christian values and the law.
The home operates independently and currently houses over 50 elderly people.