Kenyan doctor commits suicide in Cuba


One of the Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba for training committed suicide while in the foreign country. Dr.Hamisi Ali Juma died on Sunday under unclear circumstances.

Juma was among 50kenyan doctors sponsored by the government to study Family Medicine in Cuba under an MOU between Kenya and Cuba.

His family revealed that Juma had been constantly complaining of the difficult working conditions in Cuba. He even sent a formal request to return home but no action was taken.

It is said that the doctors are living in horrible conditions sharing small rooms with no ventilation. They communicated their concerns to the Ministry of Health all in vain.

The ministry’s statement released on Monday read, “The circumstances resulting in the death are not clear yet, as investigations by the Cuban authorities are ongoing.”

It added, “…We urge fellow Kenyans especially his fellow student colleagues in Cuba to be sensitive to the grieving family and refrain from discussing the case on the social or regular media.”

Kenyans are already conveying mixed reactions to the news regardless of the statement signed by Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho.


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