The Namisindwa District Woman Member of Parliament, Grace Namukhala Watuwa has told Parliament that the body of the first COVID-19 victim has been exhumed by stray dogs.
“It should be recalled that on July 22, 2020, Uganda recorded its first death to COVID-19 with the victim named as a female, whose samples picked from the body tested positive of COVID-19,” said Namukhala.
She told MPs that security personnel deployed to guard the grave have runaway owing to the smell in the area after suspected stray dogs dug out the body.
“I want to inform this house that the body was later exhumed by dogs and the place is now full of a stench that has even chased away the security people,” she added.
Watuwa called on the Ministry of Health to come to the aid of Namisindwa district, saying all contacts to the deceased have been caged in a quarantine center, yet the facility lacks required protective items like sanitizers, masks, temperature guns as well as food to feed the contacts.
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, who chaired the house, ordered the Ministry of Health to immediately send a team to Namisindwa district to check on the matter.
When contacted on phone, the Ministry of Health Spokesperson, Emma Ainebyona said the ministry has experts trained on handling the burial of serious cases.
“We have experts in handling the burial of serious cases and they really know what to do,” said Ainebyoona.
He added that the report is possibly an exaggeration by the local leaders but they are going to send a team to the district.