In Summary
  • Kenyan embassy in Cuba and the police are piecing together what could have led to the death of the medic.

  • KMPDU says Kenyan doctors in the Caribbean country face a lot of frustrations and should be repatriated.

  • Two weeks ago the doctors wrote a letter to Parliament’s Health Committee on the challenges they faced in the Caribbean country.

Dr Hamisi Ali Juma was to embark on a journey back to his wife and eight-month-old baby in Kenya when news broke that he had allegedly committed suicide in Cuba.

The doctor was said to be jovial and looking forward to joining his family back in Kenya before calamity struck. “What happened in between is still a mystery. His wife was expecting him. He consulted the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) about his journey back home, he was frustrated,” Dr Hassan Ahmad, a relative of Dr Juma, told the Nation in an interview.


The doctor, who was in his mid 30s, was married to Dr Zeyana Rasul, who is still in shock and trying to come to terms with her husband’s death. She was expecting to receive her husband today only to receive the sad news about his demise. Dr Ahmad described the death as a big blow to the family.

Meanwhile, a sombre mood engulfed Likoni Sub-County Hospital, where Dr Juma worked previously.

His colleagues, friends and relatives are still in shock, unable to come to terms with the fact that the doctor, who was undertaking postgraduate diploma training in family medicine in Cuba, could have taken his own life.

The Kenyan Embassy in Cuba and the police are piecing together the circumstances that could have led to the death of the doctor.

KMPDU deputy secretary-general Chibanzi Mwachonda said Kenyan doctors studying in Cuba are frustrated and mistreated.

“There are many problems — non-responsiveness of embassy and the Ministry of Health, stipend cannot sustain daily living, internet costs are astronomical, coercion from all sides you dare not walk out of the programme” Dr Mwachonda said.

In an interview at Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, union officials said their colleagues in the Caribbean country are suffering.


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