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Patient dies by suicide at KNH near pay station

By Hilary Kimuyu September 18th, 2023 1 min read

Police are investigating an incident in which a patient took his own life at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi.

The patient identified as Reinhard Musau Maundu, 39, is said to have hanged himself after his body was found near the pay section of the administration block on Saturday night. 

According to KNH records, the deceased was admitted to the renal unit on September 14 and was suffering from kidney failure. 

Police said they are investigating the motive and if the hospital management failed to stop the incident.

The body was moved to the KNH Farewell home awaiting postmortem.

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Such incidents have risen at the hospital amid calls on the management to address the menace.

In March 2023, a patient jumped to his death from the seventh floor of the referral hospital.

Timothy Kinuthia, 22, was a patient at the hospital before the incident happened at around 1am when other patients were asleep.

The patient admitted to ward 7B jumped to the ground floor and died on the spot.

Security personnel at the hospital said they heard a loud bang on the ground floor, and on checking, they found the patient dead.

The seventh and eighth floors of the hospital host patients suffering from communicable diseases such as malaria, HIV/Aids, pneumonia and Tuberculosis (TB).

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