A senior health official has allegedly committed suicide shortly after being rescued from his first suicide attempt.
Thadayo Nyakwaka, head of the laboratory department at Rangwe sub-county hospital, allegedly killed himself at his village home in Lowe Kayambo location, Ndhiwa sub-county.
Reports indicate that Thadayo Nyakwaka jumped into a well in his compound in Homabay county and died instantly after drowning.
Earlier on, he had attempted to commit suicide by jumping into an open pit latrine but was rescued by a relative.
Ndhiwa OCPD Dishon Chadaka confirmed the incident stating that investigations had been launched to establish the cause of death.
Colleagues to the deceased attributed his woes to poor working conditions and frustrations over salary delays with health workers on strike in the county.
The Standard quoted local Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Union Executive Secretary Ben Otieno alleging that the deceased was frustrated with how the Homa Bay county government was handling their salary plight.
“He died when he received information that legal action would be taken on striking heath workers yet his salary had been delayed,” Otieno said.
The body of the deceased was moved to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital mortuary.