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Man Abandons Deceased Wife's Body at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital

An official at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that there are often between 3 to 4 unclaimed bodies at the facility each month. Dr. David Tibwamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says that always hand such bodies to Gulu City Council after waiting for their relatives to claim them in vain.
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Gulu Regional Referral Hospital is stuck with the unclaimed body of a woman who succumbed to meningitis a week ago at the hospital. Sharon Aryemorwot, 30, a resident of Palenga in Bobi Sub County in Omoro District was reportedly admitted at the hospital on March 28 and died few hours on arrival.    

The medical report indicates the deceased died of encephalitis meningitis and convulsion, a viral infection that affected her brain and spinal cord. Aryemorwot’s her husband George Ogwal, who was outside hospital didn’t return after her death. 

Joyce Akello, who also lost her patient on the fateful day in the hospital, says it was difficult to believe that Ogwal abandon his wife before she passed on.  An official at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital told URN on condition of anonymity that there are often between 3 to 4 unclaimed bodies at the facility each month. 

Dr. David Tibwamanya, the Principal Administrator Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, says that always hand such bodies to Gulu City Council after waiting for their relatives to claim them in vain. The Omoro District Health and Education Secretary, Caroline Nyakorach says that Ogwal, who was a guard at Palenga Primary School abandoned work after the death of his wife.

“We still don’t know why he abandoned work after the incident and his whereabouts,” Nyakorach said. William Onyai, the Gulu District Health Educator says encephalitis meningitis is caused by the viral infection and is none contagious as those caused by bacterial infections. Onyai advised people to seek medical attention early to avoid cases of severe disease.   

 

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The disease according to medical reports presents with fever, low appetite, headache, sleepiness, vomiting, seizures, stiff neck and sensitivity to light among others.