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Coronavirus Lockdown – Uganda: University female student dies in boyfriend’s home while trying to abort

KAMPALA — A university student of the International Paramedics Institute on Masaka Road has died at her boyfriend’s home after failing to return home ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The student identified as Claire Natukunda, died in Maganjo, at her boyfriend’s house identified as Junju. She was reportedly two months pregnant.

Natukunda who had been released from medical school after its closure due to the lockdown, was rushed to a clinic in Lugooba village, Kawempe Division in Kampala in an unresponsive state yesterday evening.

The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, said the medical officers who examined her found that she had passed away before being admitted and informed the police.

“The man, who brought her to the clinic, was arrested. He told detectives that he was the deceased’s boyfriend. During interrogation, he told us the deceased was pregnant and was aborting when things went wrong,” Mr Owoyesigyire said yesterday.

The body was first taken to the nearby Community Hospital Kawempe Lugoba before it was taken to Mulago for postmortem.

Natukunda, according to her telephone message exchanges, seemed to have family disagreements with her parents and siblings who live in Kitemu on Masaka road. Messages indicate they were asking her to return home but she had declined, opting to stay with the boyfriend.