A Kenyan doctor, one Ali Juma Hamisi, who is also a brother to Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, was among the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to study family medicine under the famous Kenya – Cuba partnership MoU.
The Kenyan doctor who was studying in Havana, Cuba was reported dead on Sunday March 17th under unexplained circumstances.
The Kenyan Ministry of Health through it’s message confirmed the death and promised to help return the body of Dr Hamisi within the shortest time possible.
“We extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and provide assurance that plans are already in place to transport the body back to Kenya within the shortest time possible. Our Kenyan embassy in Havana is working closely with the Cuban authorities in handling this case,” read the message from the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Helath comfimed that the circumstances leading to Dr Hamisi’s death are not clear, assuring Kenyans that the Cuban authorities are leading the investigations sorrounding the death of doctor Hamisi.
Ealier reports on social media suggested that the good doctor and brother to the Likoni Mp had committed suicide due to the frustrations he faced and the difficult living conditions experienced by the $9 other doctors in Havana, Cuba.
“As we wait the full police report on the case, we urge and and request fellow Kenyans especially his fellow student colleagues in Cuba to be sensitive to the grieving family and refrain from discussing the case on social or regular media,” the government cautioned.
The Health Ministry further promised to oblige by the family’s request that once the investigation report is ready, it would be released to the family first.
The Kenyan doctors sent to study in Cuba have in the recent past complained of neglect by the Kenyan government, resulting in their difficult living conditions. They claimed that life is expensive with a cup of tea costing around Ksh 600, which not every one of them could afford daily.
Communicating to their loved ones back home was also mentioned as a challenge, considering that a minute’s call to Kenya from Cuba costs Ksh 102, resulting in them spending over Ksh 30,000 per month on communication back home.