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The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has confirmed that a staff member in Mombasa died after jumping from an airport control tower on Friday.

In a statement on Saturday, Director-General Gilbert Kibe said the aerodrome control officer IIk, identified as Vincent Kiprop Koech, “lost his life after jumping from the control tower in unclear circumstances”.

The incident took place at Moi International Airport.

Mr Kibe said staff members would be given the opportunity to undergo counselling.

He added the employee’s family had been informed of the incident and that authorities were carrying out investigations.

“The board and management stands with air control officers during this time, having lost a valuable member of the team,” Mr Kibe said.

It was not clear exactly why the KCAA employee jumped to his death but the incident brought to the fore the subject of mental stability and disorders such as depression, where the result is suicide.

Last week, the Health ministry confirmed that a Kenyan doctor undergoing training in Cuba took his own life.

Officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union, including Secretary-General Ouma Oluga and Deputy Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda, noted that Kenyan doctors studying in that country are frustrated and mistreated.

Dr Oluga said Dr Hamili Ali Juma had intended to terminate his training due to frustration.

“The arrangement has left Kenyan doctors vulnerable, frustrated and in deplorable conditions. This follows failure by the Kenyan government to secure proper housing, pay promised allowances and allow the doctors to reconnect with their families,” he said.

Source: Daily Nation

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