His wife, Betty Nabwire, says that Barasa has been suffering from tuberculosis-TB and swollen legs for the last 15 years. She says that Barasa has been complaining of excessive pain resulting from the illness.
An elderly man in Namayingo
district has reportedly taken his own life to end years of pain resulting from prolonged
illness. The deceased is Paul
Barasa 67, a resident of Namayuge
village in Buswale
Sub-county in Namayingo district.
His wife, Betty
Nabwire, says that Barasa has
been suffering from tuberculosis-TB and swollen legs for the last 15
years. She says that
Barasa has been complaining of excessive pain resulting from the illness.
"He always told me that he would rather die than feeling continuous pain that
doesn't reduce despite my counselling," said Nabwire. She says that she was shocked on Thursday
morning when they returned from the
garden and couldn’t find
She says that they immediately mounted a search for Barasa and found his body
dangling on a rope at a nearby
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Wilson Oundo, the defence secretary of Lugunja village, says that case of people committing suicide because
of pain resulting from pain is becoming common. He says that they have so far
registered three cases in the village within the last two months.
He attributes the deaths to a lack of better health services at the nearby Bumoli health
facility center III. Oundo explains that most
patients find it
difficult to trek over 30 kilometers to
health services at Buyinja health center IV in Namayingo town council.
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Hurry Okumu, a resident of Namayuge village has appealed to the government to elevate the nearby Bumoli health
center III to health center IV to enable people to access better health services.
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Jackson Mbatya, the Officer in Charge of the Criminal Investigations
Department at Namayingo central police station who rushed to the scene, says that they are
yet to ascertain the reasons behind the
deceased’s decision to end his life.
He, however, says that
information obtained from the family shows that the deceased had threatened to
end his life because of excessive pain resulting from the prolonged illness.
took the deceased’s body to Buyinja health center IV for postmortem before handing it to his
relatives for burial as investigations continue.