First COVID-19 Victim Buried in Namisindwa


The mood was somber as Yunis Chimatala, the first Ugandan to die of Coronavirus (Covid-19) was buried at Sisongfwa village in Namisindwa district.

The victim is a 34-year-old mother who died at Joy Hospice Center in Mbale City on Wednesday

Her body was hurriedly buried under tight security. The Police kept away most of the locals as the Health Ministry’s burial team buried her remains.

The burial team from Mbale regional referral hospital was dressed in white protective gear. It arrived in the area early in the village and immediately embarked on the burial witnessed by a minimal number of people standing a distance 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 any one from accessing the place. The road leading to Chimatala was sealed off from vehicles and pedestrians.   

  The Namisindwa Resident District Commissioner Kigai Kimoto said that they deployed police at the burial ground to ensure the Standard Operating Procedures were followed by members of the community in effort to prevent further infections.     

He said tension is high among the residents of Namisindwa but they are waiting for the government to pronounce itself on the result before they can take any step as a district.  The Minstrelsy of Health later confirmed  that Yunis Chimatala had died due to Corona virus related infection. 

Robert Kisenge, the LCIII Chairperson of Namabya Sub County said that residents of the sub county are in worry after they had about the news of the death of Yunis.   

He said that the government should come in and ensure all those who were in contact with the late are quarantined but also increase on the enforcement of the guidelines of preventing the spread of covid19.

Richard Ssituma, the Gombolola internal Security Officer of Namabya sub county told Uganda Radio Network that the nearby residents of the deceased have now deserted their homes 


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