Kyarikunda, a Busitema University student died last week after
developing complications resulting from a COVID-19 jab.
Although the official medical report detailing what claimed her life is yet to be
made public, took who took care of the fifth-year
medical student at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and Kiruddu National Referral hospital gave their account to
mourners during prayers for the deceased attended by officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dr. Rogers Senyonjo, said that the
mother of a two-year-old daughter got her jab on August 19th,
2021 and got a headache, which they initially thought would be resolved with simple pain killers.
He, however, said that the pain increased prompting her admission
to Mbale Regional Referral
Hospital where she was doing her internship rotation. Ssenyonjo said that they conducted a rapid
malaria test and when it came out negative, they decided to do a blood smear as
a follow up in order to check what could have actually gone wrong.
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He says that they did a CT scan on the deceased’s request, which established that she actually had cerebral Edema also known as brain
inflammation that causes fluid to form in the brain. It’s at that point that they referred her to Kiruddu Referral Hospital in
While in the emergency ward at Kiruddu, Dr. Ivan Lumu, says that the late Kyarikunda complained of severe headache and chest pain
for three days until she got unconscious and tests revealed she had severe
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his case was reported to both the drug adverse
reactions wing of the National Drug Authority and WHO. In his remarks, Prof. Anthony
Onimisi, the representative from the WHO said since COVID-19 is a new disease there is need for thorough
investigations before releasing a final report since experts too are learning
on the job.
Onimisi, who is also the technical officer for the
COVID-19 response at the UN agency,
said this incident shouldn’t scare away medical
workers or even the general population from the jabs because they have been
tested and are generally safe.
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He said such adverse effects are being recorded by
scientists as ‘Adverse events of special interest and that cerebral edema as
confirmed in the deceased’s case is a pointer that they will follow up.
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However, medical workers who attended the mass called for the scrapping
of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for medical workers, saying they should
be allowed to make an informed decision. It
should be noted that Uganda has faced a challenge of vaccine hesitancy among
While medical workers were among the topmost priority group when the government started inoculations in March, more teachers have taken the jab compared to health workers. As of the beginning of this week, just 47,165 health workers of the
150,000 targeted had been fully vaccinated against 70,241 teachers.