By Ivan Mwine
The administration of Butabika Mental Referral Hospital is under attack following the suspicious death of Mark Mudoola, 19, a Senior (S.6) leaver who had been admitted at the hospital with mental problems.
According to available information, Mudoola arrived at the Luzira-based Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital on May 17 suffering from mental health-related problems. He, however, died two days later under suspicious circumstances.
According to family sources and friends, Mudoola was admitted to Butabika Hospital after he suffered a mental breakdown and was supposed to stay at the rehabilitation for a specific period of time.
However, his mother Annet Nabwire got shocked three days later when she was informed by the hospital authorities that her son was badly off and that she should go and check on him.
It is said that on reaching the hospital, Nabwire became even more shocked after she learnt that her son had died but medics failed to explain to her the exact cause of Mudoola’s death.
I believe my son died on Wednesday [May 19] but no one at the hospital called to say so,” Nabwire told Saturday Monitor.
“I only received a call from a woman while alighting from a taxi in Luzira while visiting the hospital,” she added.
Sources reveal that whereas the hospital authorities claim that he collapsed and died, a postmortem conducted on the body on May 21st at the KCCA City Mortuary signed by police pathologist Dr Richard Ambayo, indicates that Mudoola, who was a Senior Six (S6) leaver from St Mary’s College Kitende, died as a result of trauma inflicted on his head by a blunt object, an indication that he was assaulted prior to his death.
The suspicious circumstances surrounding Mudoola’s death have since sparked off public outcry from his relatives and friends, whereby many of them are calling upon the police and other concerned authorities to ensure that the deceased’s family gets justice.
One of Mudoola’s friends identified as Masiga Claus said; “we go to these facilities for medical help and then we’re murdered??…we join our hands to help Mudoola Mark’s parents in the fight for justice.”
His other pal, Bryan Mulondo, said; “He died but he did not leave us ….for the love of our mom ..we need justice for our brother who was killed carelessly by butabika hospital staff ….in this xo called POA country…#justice for mudoola mark.”
We have learnt however that although the administrators of Butabika Mental Hospital Referral Hospital are yet to issue an official statement about the incident, the police have since kicked off an investigation into the matter, so as to establish the actual cause of Mudoola’s death.
A criminal case under file number SD 09/20/05/2021 has since been opened at Butabika Police Post.
Nabwire says she will fight for her son to get justice and intends to pick up the detailed post-mortem report and use it to pin Butabika for “lack of professionalism” and manslaughter in court when she sues the hospital.