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Kibaale, Uganda | URN | A 25-year-old man in Kibaale district in the Western Region of Uganda has reportedly committed suicide after testing positive for COVID-19.

The deceased is Joseph Ahaisibwe, a resident of Kibingo village, Bwamiramira sub county in Kibaale district.

He reportedly committed suicide by hanging on Tuesday 29, June 2021 evening. According to information obtained by this publication, Ahaisibwe tested positive for COVID-19 early this month and was placed under home-based care.

However, his relatives found him hanging inside his house when they had taken him food.

A family member told this publication on condition of anonymity that Ahaisibwe had improved and wondered why he could have decided to end his life.

Fred Byekola, the area LC 1 chairperson says the shocking incident prompted him to alert police and the Kibaale COVID-19 task force. He says that Ahaisibwe has not been in a worrying situation since he had been taking medication as recommended by the medics.

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Thomas Oyo, the officer in charge of Kibaale Central Police station says that police together with the COVID-19 burial team rushed and picked the deceased’s body to prepare for burial arrangements.

On June 13, 2021, 86-year-old Erifazi Byakatonda, a resident of Babigaya village in Kabasekende sub county in Kibaale district also committed suicide by hanging.

His lifeless body was found dangling inside his house by residents who had gone to check on him.