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Police doctor whose name was synonymous with ‘P3 forms’ takes a final bow

In Summary

  • Dr Zephania Kamau, the only police surgeon in the National Police Service died at a Nairobi Hospital.
  • He has been serving for more than 30 years, attending to victims of physical and sexual assault.

The man who has been signing P3 forms for the past 30 years, Dr Zephania Kamau died on Tuesday at a Nairobi Hospital.

Dr Kamau, a Commissioner of Police has been the only police surgeon and the longest-serving one in the service. He died at the age of 61.

The deceased is said to have been suffering from a long-term and succumbed while at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Born in 1960, the late officer later pursued a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Nairobi and was posted to the Ministry of Health shortly after graduation.

Police Training

His passion to join the armed forces however led him to train as a police officer in 1989, and the following year he was posted as a police doctor at the Nairobi Area Police Station in Upperhill.

For more than 30 years since then, the deceased has been tasked with conducting medical examinations on victims of physical and sexual assault, road accident victims and signing of the medical examination forms, known as P3 forms.

In a previous interview with a local station, he revealed that his typical day would begin at 5:30 am. Contrary to the 8-5 working system for civil servants, Dr Kamau’s work would mostly run way past into the evening.

“I am always working. Some days I work into the night. It is overwhelming but I give it my best,” Dr Kamau added.

Rise in assault cases

On average, he would attend to 100 patients, before heading to different courts, either acting as a witness or giving his expert opinion when summoned.

These include; Milimani (12 courts) , Makadara (11), Kibera, Jomo Kenyatta, City Hall and before he got an assistant would also serve Kiambu, Machakos and Kajiado counties.

Dr Kamau admitted that the success of most assault cases relied on the reports recorded on the P3 forms, making him a very important factor in such matters.

This is because he would include crucial details such as the age of the victim, their demeanor, general medical history, possible type of weapon used in the assault, any treatment offered prior to the examination and so on.

Over the years however, there have been many accusations against him, where people alleged some of those issued with P3 forms were not actual victims of sexual or physical assault.

During the lock down period after COVID-19 struck in March 2020, the United Nations issued a warning against rise in cases of GBV and rape. Consequently, the same was witnessed in Kenya, with emergency calls on assault cases and media reports shooting.

Statistics of assault cases recorded globally during the lockdown period in 2020. PHOTO/COURTESY

Additionally, Dr Kamau revealed that among the cases he handled, 90 to 120 of them were assault cases, while only about 20 to 30 were from accident cases.

Even in his passing, three of his children are following in his footsteps. One is a doctor, the other a police officer and another working as a forensic expert.



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