Man Kills Self in Nakuru After Posting Covid Symptoms

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A man has taken his own life at a private hospital in Nakuru after developing Covid-like symptoms.

The 50-year old driver reportedly travelled from Nairobi after the lockdown was lifted on July 6.

Public Health Chief Officer Samuel King’ori said on arrival, he developed Covid-19 symptoms that included shortage of breath, coughing, high body temperature and general body weakness.

“The deceased was among individuals who had been locked down in Nairobi, and immediately after the travel was lifted, he joined his family in Nakuru,” King’ori told The Standard.

According to a post by The Standard, he went to seek treatment at The War Memorial Hospital where he was admitted.


At the facility, he was placed in isolation and had swabs taken for Covid-19 tests.

However, on the morning of July 24, he was found dangling on a window grill, having used curtains to hand himself, as the facility waited for results. His results for the Covid-19 came out and he had tested positive.

“Doctors went to check on the driver, how he was responding to treatment, but were shocked to find him hanging on the window,” King’ori said.

The body is at the facility morgue as plans commence to bury him under Covid-19 regulations.

The incident brought services at the facility to a standstill as officers from the public health department fumigated the ward and the entire hospital.

According to the health official, the deceased might have committed suicide due to stigma that comes with the pandemic, where those found positive are discriminated against.

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