Stray dog sneaks into Gulu hospital, flees with patient limb

A stray dog on Wednesday sneaked into Gulu regional referral hospital and took off with an amputated limb of a patient from the precincts of the operation theatre.

The limb was supposed to be sent to the biohazard crematorium for incineration. The limb was later found abandoned in the middle of Eden road in Gulu town between the junction near the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs regional office and Boma hotel.

The management of the hospital remained mute and tight-lipped about the matter, which is clearly indicative of the worrying security situation and the poor waste disposal at the referral facility that sits in East Division of Gulu city.

A senior health official who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal said the amputated limb was of no use anymore but a dog fleeing with the body part was indeed a serious lapse as it poses dangers of spreading disease like other rotting animal tissues would.

Nancy Atimango, a local resident said the sight of the leg which was cut above the knee area was so horrific and traumatising. Robert Olal, another concerned resident of Gulu observed that the incident showed gaps in waste disposal and management at the hospital.

Gulu resident district commissioner and chairperson district security committee Maj. Santo Okot Lapolo revealed that the limb belonged to an inmate who was shot during a foiled escape from lawful detention at Pece prison.

On October 16, Kennedy Ocaya and Alex Oyet who are facing murder and burglary charges respectively attempted to escape from Pece prison but they were intercepted. Ocaya who allegedly attempted to grab a gun from the prison warder was shot in the leg which later got amputated.

Aswa River Region police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema confirmed that the duo was admitted in Gulu hospital for treatment. A case of escape from lawful custody was recorded at Gulu central police station vide CRB1165/2020.


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