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Elderly Man Commits Suicide Citing Pain Resulting From Illness

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.

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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 Barasa. 

She says that they immediately mounted a search for Barasa and found his body dangling on a rope at a nearby hill.

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Cue out:...ohuholola nende esirifu"//

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 access better health services at Buyinja health center IV in Namayingo town council.

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//Cue in: "Esiholwa esikwiire...

Cue out:...yeyitiire affire"//  

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.

Police took the deceased’s body to Buyinja health center IV for postmortem before handing it to his relatives for burial as investigations continue.