By Max Patrico Ocaido
Last moments of deceased Ruhaama County MP William Beijukye Zinkuratiire have emerged.
Beijukye who succeeded First Lady and Education minister Janet Kataaha Museveni as MP for Ruhaama County in Ntungamo district breathed his last on Friday night at about 11pm at Nsambya Hospital.
Beijukye was recently diagnosed with deadly Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) that left him with a huge tumor incubating his liver. Before his death, Beijukye had been flown to India for a liver operation.
Upon his return from India in September last year, the recuperating MP in an exclusive interview at his home in Namungoona revealed to The Kampala post reporter about his encounter with Hepatitis B that has seen him spend a fortune in treatment.
Below is the verbatim with Beijukye
I was diagnosed with Hepatitis B which created a tumor on my liver. With the advice of the local doctors, I was told to go to India for an operation which was successfully done.
When I was in campaign, I suffered typhoid and ulcers, and after campaigns I was relatively okay, but it persisted. Whenever I could touch where the liver is, I would feel pain. I lost appetite to zero, I could eat but find myself going to the toilet like 7 times a day passing out milky and yellow things I didn't understand.
I could use toilet paper to see what I was passing, only to realize that I was passing out food which was not digested. It had just changed the colour because of the temperature inside the stomach.
I was much concerned and went to a certain hospital to check everything after taking several drugs for ulcers. They tested ulcer, typhoid and all tests were negative, but when they tested for hepatitis B, it was positive and further scan proved that I had a tumor on my liver.
I mobilized funds and went to India in June[last year] and it is from India that I was told that the tumor was covering a bigger area of the liver and that they could not operate me. So I was given medicines and told to first go to Uganda for 6weeks and then come back for operation, and I am now okay and I think after two weeks I will be in parliament representing my people of Ruhaama.
He appealed to the government to intensify its efforts in carrying out immunization and sensitization programs against HBV.
According to a report released by the ministry of Health last month, over 200 deaths that arise from people with acute HBV were registered in 2015 alone. Uganda is highly endemic for HBV with 52% life time exposure and 3.5million people which consists of 10% of the total population are living with chronic Hepatitis B.
Worldwide, over 2billion (30%) of the population is exposed to hepatitis virus and most of them are unaware of their infection.