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Residents Protest as Health Centre Keeps Body in Out-patients Ward

Angom died on Monday morning. However, her body was still lying in the outpatient department by Tuesday afternoon. The deceased’s neighbour, Ruth Akello says Angom was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to the facility on Monday shortly before she was pronounced dead.
Residents stand outside the outpatient department.

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Angry residents have stormed Bugembe Health Centre IV in Northern division in Jinja City on Tuesday afternoon protesting the absence of a mortuary at the facility. The residents rose up in arms after the body of a 30-year-old Susan Angom spent more than 24-hours in the outpatient department of Bugembe Health Centre IV.   

Angom died on Monday morning. However, her body was still lying in the outpatient department by Tuesday afternoon. The deceased’s neighbour, Ruth Akello says Angom was bleeding profusely when she was rushed to the facility on Monday shortly before she was pronounced dead.

A health worker at Bugembe Health Centre IV told URN on condition of anonymity that they are not sure what Angom was suffering  from since she passed on before being examined by the doctor.  

“We had just started recording her names in the patient’s admission book when she passed away and since there is no mortuary or close relative of the deceased, we resolved to keep her body in the in-charge's room in the outpatient department,” she said.  She explained that relatives of the dead are often tasked to transport bodies to Jinja Regional Referral Hospital mortuary.

Juliet Nabirye, a resident of Budhumbuli west village, says the incident has triggered tension at the facility as both patients and health workers fear going to the outpatient department where the body is being kept.  

Lusoga//Cue in; “Twalagyaine…

Cue out…bajewa.”//  

Michael Kisame, a resident of Wanyama Village wants the government to equip public health centres with the necessary facilities.

Lusoga//Cue in; “omukyala…     

Cue out…okwanguyila,”//  

Jinja District Health Officer, Dyogo Nantamu, said efforts are underway to relocate the deceased’s body from the health centre.        

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