Dr. Jonah Kule -- a hero
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.