A body that was aboard a cargo plane from Dubai has been been allowed into the country via Entebbe Airport and those who came to pick it forcefully quarantined for 14 days.
Dr. Henry Mwebesa the Director General Health Services in a statement released on Tuesday April 22, said those put in quarantine received a body of a one Daniel Sebuliba, 30 Male whose body was returned from Doha, Qatar.
On Tuesday, the Health Ministry confirmed that its taskforce together with the team from Ministry of Health had intercepted a body brought in the Country as Cargo from Dubai picked from the airport by APlus.
“Our Taskforce together with the team from Ministry of Health intercepted a body brought in the Country as Cargo from Dubai picked from the airport by APlus. We have quarantined all APlus crew at least for 14 days at our Isolation Centre. The death certificate relates to Covid-19. Please let’s continue to educate our masses on the danger and seriousness of this pandemic,” a statement from an official in the Ministry read in part.
It was later identified that coronavirus was not the course of his death. Close sources say that he was living in Qatar where he collapsed and fell in his bathroom.
In his last address, President Yoweri Museveni said all bodies of COVID-19 victims will not be returned to Uganda but buried in countries they will have died.
The Civil Aviation Authority has however in a statement said the body was received and went through normal standard operating procedures.
” Human remains were formally received through Entebbe International Airport on Sunday, April 19, 2020 aboard Qatar Airways from Doha. There wasn’t any disguise. The Standard Operating Procedures for receiving human remains were observed in the presence of officials from the Uganda Red Cross Society, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health,” a statement from the Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson, Vianney Luggya said.
On learning of the incident, Ministry of Health and Uganda Red Cross teams took over burial ceremonies from A-Plus and accorded the deceased safe and descent burial in Kayunga, Dr. Mwebesa said, adding the that ceremony was directly supervised by an MoH commissioner.
The Red cross spokesperson Irene Nakasiita said that as Red cross they conducted the late Daniel sebuliba’s home in kayunga. Nakasiita said that they got the body from Naggalama police station and proceeded to kayunga where he was buried on Monday this week.