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Fear grips Namisindwa as Uganda's first coronavirus victim gets buried

There was a sombre mood in Namisindwa in eastern Uganda at the burial of Yunis Chimatala, 34, the first Ugandan resident to die of coronavirus disease. Chimatala died at Joy Hospice centre in Mbale in eastern Uganda on Wednesday at around 2.00 am.
She was initially admitted at Wasungui health centre II on July 15, 2020, and later transferred to Joy Hospice health facility from where she died. Postmortem results from all the four laboratories from Uganda Virus Research Institute, Makerere University, Tororo and CPHL. Uganda's coronavirus cases today increased by four cases to 1,079 from the 2,128 samples tested on Wednesday. The number of recoveries stands at 971. 

Chimatala was today hurriedly buried under tight security with the police keeping away most of the locals. She was buried as per the safe and dignified burial (SDB) procedures by the Health ministry's SDB team in Sisongfwa village, Mabyaale sub-county in Namisindwa district.

The burial team from Mbale regional referral hospital was dressed in all-white protective gear. It arrived in the area early in the village and immediately embarked on the burial witnessed by a few family members who were standing some distance away from the grave.     

Those who were allowed near the grave included four of her children, her husband and a few members of the Mbale district surveillance team. Police was deployed to block anyone from accessing the place. The road leading to Chimatala was sealed off from vehicles and pedestrians.   

Namisindwa resident district commissioner Kigai Kimoto said that they deployed police at the burial ground to ensure that the standard operating procedures were followed by members of the community in an effort to prevent further infections.     

Robert Kisenge, the LC III chairperson of Namabya sub-county said that residents of the sub-county are living in worry after they had about the news of the death of Chimatala. He said that the government should come in and ensure all those who were in contact with the late are quarantined but also increase the enforcement of the guidelines of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Richard Ssituma, the Gombolola Internal Security Officer of Namabya sub county says that the nearby residents of the deceased have now deserted their homes for fear of being taken into quarantine.  
Although the ministry of Health yesterday said that Chimatala was a Kenyan national who got married to a Ugandan, today officials said further investigations found that she was actually a Ugandan. But Kisenge said Chimatala is a Kenyan who relocated to Uganda in 2004 and got married to a Ugandan. 
The burial was attended by a few family members
Her death prompted the Mbale District COVID-19 taskforce to cordon off Joy Hospice centre and quarantine 16 health workers and more than 30 other people who are believed to have had contact with the deceased.
On Thursday morning, Isaac Wepondi, the acting medical officer Mbale Municipal Council, who is also the COVID-19 quarantine centre manager said that they were tracing for all the people who had left the health centre.

“We are now going to look for those people who were at Joy Hospice centre at the time the deceased was there but left such that they are also quarantined,” he said.    

Wepondi said all the patients who were in the health centre will not be allowed to leave until they complete the fourteen days mandatory quarantine period.

According to the World Health Organisation, over 15,000 people have succumbed to COVID-19 on the African continent. Uganda was one of three African countries that were yet to record any death. Eritrea and Seychelles now remain standing.

Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the Primary Health Care minister says they are now trying to establish whether Chimatala had any other underlying health complications that might have led to her death. 


+1 #1 Akao 2020-07-23 21:04
So they wait until the victim dies and then test in 4 lab, thats an over kill.

What kind of people work in health centre 2, that do not know that pneumonia is part of covid 19 presentation?
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+1 #2 Amooti Mugi 2020-07-24 01:11
There we are as scientists and politicians got extravagant with China flu money! We need food, masks, radios,.hoes, milk ...where did they go???

What will provide temperatures guns for boda bodas after they ate all their savings? The best thing is to get them off the road, many are criminals and are reluctant to entrust a boda with their nin and phone numbers!!
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0 #3 Lysol 2020-07-24 04:05
There are more deaths than we are made to believe. The worst is yet to come.
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-2 #4 Wainaichi 2020-07-24 04:19
@ Akia..Akot?..No o.You cannot operate a sick person. Crazy,yeah? I assume doctors did all they could but the person in question succumbed to death.

Undoetubately the world is registering many many similar cases like this and Uganda is happy to register only ONE.!!

What would have happened is strict measures were not taken by the Government? And yet people are playing games and breaking laws. Ugandans please get serious and do or complain and break rules and nag!!PLEASE !!!
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+2 #5 Deno 2020-07-24 23:56
I think that is what Ugandan were waiting for.

It has taken time for Ugandan to believe that COVID-19 is a deathly disease.I kindly urge Ugandan to follow the guiding principal.
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+1 #6 Mbeho Achuc 2020-07-27 02:54
Quoting Deno:
I think that is what Ugandan were waiting for.

It has taken time for Ugandan to believe that COVID-19 is a deathly disease.I kindly urge Ugandan to follow the guiding principal.

Uganda must reduce the cost of the testing kits from USD 65 to the actual USD 3.50 even USD 4 on the higher end... otherwise Uganda is financially imploding under people's noses, and they are watching that happen!
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0 #7 Akot 2020-07-27 14:11
Mbeho Achuc,


No normal people would expect a demon in power for 34 years, especially one who tribally divided them, owns tax money, controls every institution, to serve them!

Ugandans will finally have to line up before State House to beg Museveni for servvice, then the demon will chose who to give envelopes to!

Ugandans are the only ones who have the power to show him way out, but as ONE people or he will continue to use them against one another & go on!

Tribal leaders need Museveni to ensure their posts, so turning blind eyes-deaf ears; the best way they can support thir chief & ensure their posts!

Ugandans now know no outsider will blame Museveni, kept in post through the tribalistic system they are alright with, right?
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