KALANGALA. An eight-month expectant mother has died after she was involved in a nasty boda boda accident in Kalangala District.
Ronah Akello, 24, a health rights activist, who had been doing research in the island district, sustained injuries on her head in the accident at a sharp bend en route to Nakatiba landing site in Kalangala Town.
She died in a police van while being rushed to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital.
According to a witness, Mr Kayemba Kuraish, Akello was returning from an outreach programme in Bujumba Sub-county where she was advocating for the rights to access medication by people living with HIV/Aids.
“The boda boda she was on collided with another boda boda moving at a terrible speed. Her skull cracked while the other three people involved in the accident broke all their legs and were taken to Kalangala Health Centre IV,” Mr Kayemba said.
The other three included Ismail Kamoga, Richard Kayiwa and Amos Ssembuusi; all are boda boda riders in Kalangala Town.
Mr Samuel Mugisha, the medical worker who attended to the patients, said Akello needed an emergency CTC scan in Masaka but did not make it to the mainland district.
The officer-in-charge of Kalangala Police Station, Mr Ivan Tenywa, told journalists that they were still investigating the incident and would forward the matter to court.
The Kalangala District Chairperson, Mr Willy Lugoloobi, called on the government to establish an emergency transport on Lake Victoria to help such people get first aid and referral whenever needed.
“Our biggest challenge is that we cannot easily transport people at night and when we get such emergencies, we have to improvise, which is risky. That is why many of our patients on immediate referral die before reaching the final destination,” Mr Lugoloobi said.