Via FrontPageAfrica Online: Uganda Community ‘Upset’ Over Fallen Doctor Who Died in Liberia. Excerpt:
Dr. Samuel Muhumuza Mutoro was so determined to become a doctor that he repeated classes in school, just to fulfill his dreams, the Ugandan Monitor quoting family members reported Thursday.
Dr. Mutoro, who was pronounced dead Tuesday, became the latest health care worker to die from the fatal Ebola virus sweeping Liberia in recent months. He had been in isolation for several days, since he contracted the virus from a Nurse, Esther Kesselley, who was the first health care worker to succumb to the outbreak in Liberia.
Medical aides who spoke to FrontPageAfrica on condition of anonymity Thursday said, Dr. Mutoro had instructed his peers not to get too close to him as he fought to treat himself to no avail. Medications and essentials he needed were slipped under the door of the isolation unit room, he was kept shortly after he contracted the virus.
A report from British Television, Sky TV which has gone viral on social networks, highlights the case of another nurse who like Kesselly contracted the virus by caring for a patient. In footage of the telecast, Nurse Elizabeth Smith is seen lying on a bed next to another nurse who had contracted Ebola from the same patient they had both treated.
“But Ms Smith was significantly weaker than her co-worker. She did not raise her head as we entered and her bed was soaked in blood”, the report said.
“The whole community is upset by the fact our very own Doctor is buried abroad. We appreciate that fact that the nature of his disease, it was impossible to bring his remains home. However, we are upset.” - Muhindo Moris, a resident of Mutoro’s hometown of Uganda-Kasese, in an email to FrontPageAfrica Thursday.
The Ugandan Monitor reported Thursday that Dr. Mutoro was constructing a residential storey structure in Ruharo town suburbs with the proceeds of his work in Liberia. He was a surgeon assigned at the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town on a contract with the Liberian government and the World Health Organization (WHO).
At the time of his death, Muhumuza is said to have volunteered to treat a colleague who was infected with Ebola, thereby exposing himself to the deadly disease. His wife, Diana Namusoke, a mother of three, told New Vision that the family was notified about his death by an official from Liberia’s government. Rev. Jehoida Mutoro of South Rwenzori Diocese, the only brother of the deceased said the bereaved family has been advised against travelling to Liberia as earlier planned.