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Red Cross Treats Close to 2000 Pilgrims at Namugongo

An unidentified woman was also rushed to Ziya Angelina Health Center in Namugongo, where she gave birth to a baby girl, after getting labour pains during mass at the Catholic shrines.
An ambulance driving out of Namugongo Martyrs Shrine

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Close to 2000 pilgrims have received treatment from the Uganda Red Cross Society at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine over the past three days.

Joram Musinguzi, the Red Cross team leader at Namugongo says that pilgrims were treated for swollen feet, fatigue, suffocation and stomach complications. At least 430 were treated today as the days celebrations were underway at the Catholic and Protestant shrines.

Musinguzi says a 40-man force was deployed at the shrines, supported by ambulances which made eleven referrals to Kiruddu Hospital in Makindye Division. One of the cases was a Malawian pilgrim who fell sick.

//Cue In: In total…

Cue Out:…we have been handling//

//Cue In: Ekisingayo…

Cue Out:…kubajanjaba//

The Red Cross tent also received cases of twenty lost children between the ages of three and 13 years, whom they are also holding until they are claimed by their parents.

//Cue In: We do internal tracing…

Cue Out:…pick them//

An unidentified woman was also rushed to Ziya Angelina Health Center in Namugongo, where she gave birth to a baby girl, after getting labor pains during mass at the Catholic shrines.

Meanwhile, Police had dismissed reports that one of the pilgrims at Namugongo died.  The Director of Police Fire and Rescue services Joseph Mugisa told URN in a phone interview that the unidentified woman, who died at Kiruddu Referral hospital was not part of the pilgrims.

"I am informed that the lady in her 50's got high blood pressure and died on arrival at the hospital but she was not among the pilgrims," Mugisa added.

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