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Florence Mpindhi, a relative, revealed that the family had entrusted her with Mukulu's care during his treatment at the hospital, as they realized his condition was irreversible. She had been handling his care well for the past two years.
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Police in Kiira region are investigating the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Michael Mukulu, 50, a patient in ward four of Jinja Regional Referral Hospital. 

Mukulu allegedly used a rope from one of the pit latrines on the hospital premises to take his own life. His lifeless body was discovered by other patients who were heading to the sanitary facilities.

Mukulu had been admitted to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital for the past two weeks due to an undisclosed chronic illness. According to a health worker who spoke anonymously, Mukulu lacked attendants and relied on well-wishers for support. 

“He has been undergoing intensive medical procedures, following a painful battle with a chronic condition, which required psychosocial support from his family members, but none of them bothered to show up at the ward, abandoning him under the care of well-wishers, with a section of health workers and I suspect that he might have committed suicide over loneliness,” she said.

Florence Mpindhi, a relative, revealed that the family had entrusted her with Mukulu's care during his treatment at the hospital, as they realized his condition was irreversible. She had been handling his care well for the past two years. 

She, however, says that Mukulu's condition worsened in May, causing him severe bodily pains and leading him to isolate himself from the rest of the family. The family was unaware of his whereabouts until unknown individuals informed them about his condition this afternoon.

The principal hospital administrator, David Ssemakula, stated that Mukulu had been discharged earlier in the week after showing signs of improvement. However, he took advantage of the hospital's porous borders to continue living within the hospital premises, where he ultimately committed suicide in one of the abandoned structures without being noticed by security teams. 

He said that they are cooperating with the police and Mukulu's family members to expedite the postmortem process before arranging a decent burial for the deceased.

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