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Enumerator bitten by dog during census calls out for help, Ubos breaks silence

Namutumba, (UG):- A census enumerator in eastern Uganda’s Namutumba District who was reportedly bitten by a dog as he was counting a family during the ongoing population census has called for help from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics after he was attacked while on civil duty.

Patrick Isabirye who claims he was attacked by the dog while counting house members at Ms Madina Nabirye’s home in Kangulumo ‘B’ village in Namutumba Town Council says he has not yet received support from the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), leaving him without funds for necessary treatment and rabies vaccination.

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“I am here stuck after being bitten by a suspected rabied dog yet Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos) is yet to pay us any money I would have used for treatment,” Isabirye told journalists on Wednesday, May 15, as he sought intervention from well-wishers.

However, Ubos Deputy Executive Director, Mr Godfrey Nabongho when contacted said they are yet to receive a report about this incident, but if found to be true, he said they will offer the help needed since the affected person was doing his work.

“I am yet to get a report on this incident that happened in Namutumba, but Ubos is ready to take care of this person because he is our staff,” Mr Nabongho said adding that the victim only needs to provide the costs in writing and they will clear the bill.

Ubos embarked on the nationwide National Population and Housing Census 2024 (NPHC 2024) on May 10, which ends on May 19, and slightly later in some districts.

The 10-day census exercise is set to be extended by one day in districts like Mukono, Kampala and Wakiso due to technical issues encountered by some enumerators on the first day.

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