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Delay to Access ICU Bed Killed RDC Santos Okot


The departed Resident District Commissioner of Gulu, Maj Santos Okot Lapolo has paid the ultimate price after a delay to access the ICU bed at Mulago costed his life, the bereaved family has revealed.

The deceased’s family confided in Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, the Gulu District LC5 Chairperson with whom Lapolo closely worked under COVID-19 Gulu Task Force and revealed he died after being abandoned among 17 other patients at the COVID-19 red-light room without caregivers.

But Samuel Odonga Otto, the Aruu County MP weighed in saying the government and the whole world is over whelmed with Coronavirus Disease.

Currently, the COVID-19 death toll in Uganda stands at 301 from 37,742 confirmed cases according to the Ministry of Health, with 12, 852 recoveries since April 2020.

Meanwhile, leaders and residents in Acholi have eulogized the Late Maj Santos Okot Lapolo, the Resident District Commissioner of Gulu who succumbed to COVID-19 pandemic, on Saturday.

Lapolo died from the National Referral Hospital Mulago in Kampala. He was laid to rest on Monday at his ancestral home in Ojorongole village in Lunganyura Parish, Orom Sub-County, Kitgum Municipality.

Dr John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese in his condolence message through the Vicar General Msgr. Matthew Odong interceded the Lord to reward him for all the accomplishments during his service the people of Uganda.

Dr John Baptist Odama, the Archbishop of Gulu Archdiocese

Moses Ogwang, the Police Community Liaison Officer – CLO in Gulu says he benefitted tremendously from the seniority and guidance of the late RDC who was committed to the service of humanity as the President’s representative in the District.

Maj Telesphor Turyamumanya, the UPDF 4th Division Spokesperson, says that the deceased was a senior citizen who was considered a mentor, creative, courteous and flexible officer who lived a selfless life for others.

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