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.
“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.