Man suffering from epilepsy drowns in a river

Man suffering from epilepsy drowns in a river
Locals by the river in Karamoja. This photo is unrelated to the drowning incident | Courtesy

The body of a man suffering from epilepsy was found floating on the banks of Lokona river in Nakapiripirit on Friday.

Francis Aleper, from Lokona Village, was well-known for his struggles with epilepsy.

It is not yet clear how Aleper ended up in the seasonal river but Scola Alemunyang, a resident, said they found his body naked.

Police took the body to Tokora Health CentreIV for further examination.

Mike Longole, the spokesperson for the Karamoja Police, confirmed the suspected case of drowning, emphasising the importance of caution and vigilance, particularly for individuals with epilepsy.

"Epilepsy is a condition that requires constant supervision and support, especially in environments where there are potential risks such as water bodies," Longole said.

In Karamoja, where bathing in rivers and open water sources is a common practice, it is imperative for communities to prioritise safety and take necessary precautions to prevent accidents and loss of life.

As the community mourns the untimely passing of Aleper Francis, authorities and healthcare providers have been urged to double down on efforts to raise awareness about epilepsy and promote safety measures to protect vulnerable individuals from harm

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