By Max Patrico Ocaido
Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Fr. Simon Lokodo is under intensive care unit (ICU) after reportedly suffering from a stroke.
Lokodo’s Personal Assistant (PA), who is currently holding his phone, told Kampala Post that the minister suffered from a stroke while in Kalangala district and was consequently, taken to Kalangala Main Hospital before being he was flown to Kampala.
According to Sarah Opendi Achieng, state minister of Health (General), Fr. Lokodo, also Dodoth West County MP in Kaabong district, is currently at the Uganda Heart Institute in the ICU.
“Fr. Lokodo is at the Heart Institute in the ICU and the doctors are further assessing his state and providing the necessary medication,” Opendi said in a telephone interview.
She added that Lokodo is in a better state now compared to when he was brought to Kampala.
“He is currently in a stable condition now. He is out of danger because he was initially unconscious (in the morning), and the doctor in Kalangala really did her best to resuscitate him and by the time he was flown in to Kampala, he had actually regained consciousness along the way,” she said.
Opendi said that initially, Lokodo had complained of numbness on one side and it was actually progressing into a stroke.
“We are happy that at least the doctor came in time to arrest the situation otherwise it would have slipped into stroke. He also had high blood pressure but all those were controlled. We are hoping he will fully recover,” Opendi added.
Lokodo was last pictured on Sunday in Kiboga district during the thanksgiving fete of 317 MPs who supported the amendment of article 102(b) of the Constitution of Uganda.
Recently, minister of State for Primary Health Care Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu was discharged from Agha Khan Hospital in Nairobi where she has been under ICU for over one month.
Moriku,48, also Moyo District Woman MP was on December 06, 2017 flown to Agha Khan Hospital, Nairobi for specialized treatment after being on life support at International Hospital Kampala (IHK) for a week. Moriku reportedly suffered from food poisoning before developing lung complications that prompted her to be put on life support.
Stroke is a medical condition in which blood flows to the brain resulting in cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding.
Signs and symptoms of a stroke may include an inability to move or feel on one side of the body, problems understanding or speaking, feeling like the world is spinning, or loss of vision to one side.
Signs and symptoms often appear soon after the stroke has occurred.
The main risk factor for stroke is high blood pressure while other risk factors include tobacco smoking, obesity, high blood cholesterol, diabetes mellitus, previous, and atrial fibrillation.