Via New Vision, a report on the Ugandan response to the Ebola death of Dr. Samuel Muhumuza Mutoro in a Liberian hospital: Ebola: Gov't honours fallen doctor. Excerpt:
In Mbarara, hundreds of mourners thronged St. James Cathedral Ruharo on Thursday for a requiem service for the fallen medical doctor.
Many broke down in tears after John Baptist Mujuni, the master of ceremonies, told them to light candles and lay a wreath before the deceased’s portrait that had been placed on a chair.
“We would have loved to see Dr. Muhumuza’s remains in the casket before us, but due to the circumstances under which he died, we are unable to. He has been a diligent and committed health worker, our ambassador and died in a country where they lack medical workers,” Mujuni said.
Prof. Samuel Malingi, who was Muhumuza’s lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, said the deceased should be recognised like Dr. Matthew Lukwiya and Dr. John Kule, who died of Ebola as they tried to save patients in Gulu and Bundibugyo hospitals respectively.
He said Muhumuza had a heart to assist vulnerable and needy people, revealing that when he was in Mbarara, he worked in the Nakivale refugee settlement in Isingiro district.
Diana Muhumuza, the widow, said her husband contracted the virus as he tried to attend to a patient who had been neglected by other medical personnel.
“On Friday, I called him and he told me that he was putting onto oxygen a patient who had been neglected. After some days, he told me that he developed high fever and was waiting for the test results,” she narrated.
Before his passing on, Muhumuza called his wife again and told her that he had been put indoors and the hospital had been closed for two weeks, following the outbreak.
Mrs. Muhumuza said after receiving the news of his death, they booked a ticket to go and see where he was buried, but were advised against the trip.
Rev. Jehoida Baluku Mutoro, the deceased’s elder brother, said they look forward to bringing back Mutoro’s body for burial in Uganda.
He said they have been told the body will be Ebola-free after 21 days.