By Spy Uganda
Ntungamo: It was sad news from Ntungamo last night after District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Richard Bakamuturaki collapsed and died inside a hotel sauna.
According to Anthony Kushaba, the Ntungamo district communications officer, Dr Bakamuturaki collapsed after allegedly suffocating in the sauna at Ankole Resort Hotel where he had gone with friends to enjoy the evening.
Unfortunately, even when he was rushingly taken to Amazing Grace Clinic for first aid, he could not make it anymore. The body was later taken to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital for postmortem.
“He was in the sauna at Ankole Resort Hotel and spur. He lacked energy, possibly due to suffocation and collapsed. He was rushed to a nearby health facility, the Amazing Grace Clinic, but he was pronounced dead before being admitted. It’s sad we have lost him,” Kushaba noted.
Dr Bakamuturaki, 48, became Ntungamo DHO in 2012, replacing Dr John Karikwisya who retired in 2010. He had worked as Rakai DHO and project officer in the US-funded strengthening decentralization services project based in central and Eastern Uganda.
According to the district chairman, Mr Sam Mucunguzi, Dr Bakamuturaki was a committed health officer, the best civil servant that Ntungamo district will always miss.
”Bakamuturaki was fondly known as Cameroon as a down-to-earth person, he has been very resourceful and focal in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” noted. Mucunguzi.
Bakamuturaki has been in civil service for more than 15 years. He left behind 2 children and their mother.