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Rukungiri District records first COVID19 death

RUKUNGIRI- A 34 years old man Leonard Babikanyisa of Kigina cell, Kitimba ward, western division in Rukungiri district has become the first covid19 victim in Rukungiri district since the outbreak of the disease in Uganda early this year.

The body of Leonard Babikanyisa who died in Nsambya hospital arrived at his ancestral home on Sunday at 3:05pm in ministry of health pickup truck registered number UG6509M and was immediately buried by the Rukungiri team that was trained to bury covid19 victims.

The assistance district health officer, Christine Kyomuhangi led the team of technical staff at the burial that was attended by less than 10 relatives.

Police was heavily deployed at the scene to avoid many people to attend the burial.

Christine Kyomuhangi praised the technical team for combining the effort and help in the burial of a person whom they are not related with.

“It is not easy to tell a person to bury a person who others fear to reach near and who isn’t your relative. In health fraternity we have that vision of saving others even if you know the situation is also dangerous to your life,” Kyomuhangi said.

She asked the relatives to keep calm as the whole place where the body has passed through have been sprayed and the whole place is safe.

According to his surviving uncle, James Bashaija his son was born in 1986 by his late brother Vincent Babikanyisa who died in 2008.

Bashaija said that Leonard Babikanyisa was living in Namibia where his father had a home before he died.

He said his brother, Prof. Vincent Babikanyisa was a lecturer in Botswana and Namibia university and his family was based in Namibia and would come home like once in a ten years.

Bashaija said that the late Leonard Babikanyisa was an international businessman who would travel in many countries doing businesses.

He is said to have survived by two known children but without any known wife.

“He was here early this year and he told us of his two children from different mothers who are with his sister in Kampala but has never told us of having a wife,” he said.

He added that his elder brother, Patrick Kasheko is in Namibia and his sister Peace is the only one who is permanently in Uganda and is in Kampala.

Rukungiri District Burial team carrying the Casket of late Babikanyisa who succumbed to COVID-19 (PHOTO: Derrick Ampereza)

Other sisters Susan, Vivian and Clare Babikanyisa all are in America and they have got citizenship there.

The lc1 chairperson of Kigina cell, Benson Twinamatsiko said the district should increase the number of health teams who bury covid19 bodies as the number is few cannot manage the load of the body in case there is a distance to the graveyard.

There is only a five member team of technical staff who were trained to bury covid19 victims in Rukungiri.

There was a challenge as the body was too big for them and the distance from the road to the burial place was like 100 meters and they were forced to rest the body three times before they lowered it in its final grave where his parents were buried.



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