Ebola blows out Bundibugyo’s candle
Thursday, 6th December, 2007
"Dr. Jonah Kule, the medical superintendent of Kikyo Health Centre in Bundibugyo district of Uganda, died of Ebola on Tuesday night. A valiant practitioner, he was the first locally-trained doctor the district had produced in 29 years."
From the Daily Monitor of Uganda in the article, Fallen Hero: A tribute to Dr. Kule by Bernard Sabiti,
From the maternity wing to the pediatrics ward, he was both the consultant and operation physician. I wondered why, with the scarcity of doctors in the country, he had left the luxury of Kampala and decided to work in a place that doesn't even have electricity.
"It's the passion for my people" he proudly told me, adding; "I certainly could have gotten a job anywhere, but you see I am the first Mukonzo Doctor in the whole of Bundibudyo, and there is no way I could have declined to serve my people. No one wants to serve here," he said.
You can read more about how Dr. Kule died in this blog entry written by a friend of his who was there with him.