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Patient found dead on street after escaping from hospital

The deceased is alleged to have escaped from the health facility on June 26 under unknown circumstances, according to SSP Josephine Angucia, the spokesperson of the West Nile Region police.

SSP Josephine Angucia, the spokesperson of the West Nile Region police confirmed the report

ARUA, UGANDA: Police in Arua City is investigating the circumstances under which Aluma Akbar, a Tuberculosis (TB) patient was found dead on the street after escaping from Arua Regional Referral Hospital where he was receiving treatment from.

The deceased, a resident of Charanga parish, Yumbe town council in Yumbe district was admitted to the government hospital from Yumbe as a patient of tuberculosis on June 22nd in the TB Ward.

He however escaped from the health facility on June 26 under unknown circumstances, according to SSP Josephine Angucia, the spokesperson of the West Nile Region police.

“He escaped from the regional referral on the night of June 26th at an unknown time and moved towards Mvara direction where he was beaten to death by unknown persons,” SSP Angucia said in a Tuesday police statement.

She added that as of yesterday, it was not yet established as to whether the deceased moved out of the hospital bed on a bad mission or due to mental problems as a result of the sickness.

“No arrest has been made yet as investigations continue under Arua Central Business Division CRB 517/2023,” added SSP Angucia, before she urged the public to desist from taking the law into their hands and desist from acts of mob justice which are only barbaric but also unlawful.

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