BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,15TH JUNE,2021-The family and friends of a 35-year-old, paediatrician at Kenyatta National Hospital is puzzled by what drove her to commit suicide in her car.
The body of Dr Lydia Wahura Kanyoro was found inside her car moments after she had committed suicide in a move that has prompted calls to address mental pressure among student medical practitioners.
She is said to have left an ongoing MA class at the University of Nairobi that is within the hospital earlier before committing suicide.
Two bottles of anaesthesia drugs labelled ketamine and midazolam, alongside a syringe were found.
Ketamine is primarily used for starting and maintaining anaesthesia.
She left behind a printed suicide note, which is being analysed by detectives. Police say the note talks about her life.
Her colleagues described her as a brilliant professional who was also a top-performing student.
Dr Wahura was pursuing her Masters in medicine at the University of Nairobi College of Health Sciences within KNH.
Witnesses said they saw her on June 12 checking to the lecture hall at around 9 am and registered for her classes.
A few minutes later, Dr Wahura was seen leaving the lecture hall under unclear circumstances as she headed to her car and at around 9:30 am.
A postmortem on her body was planned for Tuesday to establish the cause of her death.
Detectives attached at the Kilimani Division and her fellow medical practitioners are probing the matter, keen to establish what drove the deceased to allegedly end her life.
Also recovered by police at the scene of crime besides the deceased’s body was an alleged suicide note.