Doctors up in arms as details of colleague’s death in Cuba emerge, want Kenya-Cuba deal ended
Details have emerged on what may have led to the death of Malindi MP Mishi Mboko’s brother Dr. Hamisi Ali Juma in a suspected case of suicide.
Initial reports suggest that the deceased who was a doctor in Cuba may have taken his own life with the government confirming the death.
Citizen TV reports that Dr. Hamisi Ali Juma who was one of the 50 Kenyan doctors in Cuba sponsored by the government to study Family Medicine as a specialization under the framework of the MOU between Kenya and Cuba committed suicide barely six months into the programme.
Reports published in Citizen TV’s website indicate that the late Ali Juma was constantly complaining of poor working conditions in Cuba to his family and at one point he even lodged a formal request to return home but that was never to be.
A distress letter was reportedly signed by 40 doctors in Cuba including the deceased and sent to the Parliamentary Committee on Health, pleading with the legislators to address what the doctors termed as “numerous challenges that have gone unanswered.”
According to the letter, the doctors constantly asked the Health Ministry for details of the course, accommodation and welfare in vain.
Quoting the distress letter, the TV station alleges that the doctors were forced to board the plane to Cuba with threats of tough disciplinary actions should they fail to do so.
It further explains that the medics currently live under “humiliating and unbearable conditions,” sharing small rooms with no ventilation.
The doctors currently in cuba claim all their concerns have been ignored and for the family of Dr. Hamisi Ali Juma, its too little, too late.
A statement issued on Monday by the Ministry of Health said Dr Hamisi Ali Juma died on Sunday , March 17 under unclear circumstances.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko mourns brother (Dr. Hamisi Ali Juma) who died in Cuba. Dr Hamisi was one of the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to study family medicine. pic.twitter.com/gl4vaiiwoX
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) March 18, 2019
Part of the statement, signed by Health CS Sicily Kariuki and Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho read that “The circumstances resulting in the death are not clear yet, as investigations by the Cuban authorities are ongoing.
“As we wait the full police report on the case, we urged 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”.
The Ministry further noted that plans are underway to transport the body back to Kenya, adding that “our Kenyan Embassy in Havana is working closely with the Cuban authorities on handling the case.”