Paul Lokech has joined Julius Oketta , Kasirye Gwanga as major generals who succumbed to blood clot following police confirmation that the sudden death of the deputy inspector general of police which occurred on Saturday morning was due to blood clot.
Maj Gen Paul Lokech’s untimely demise occurred Saturday morning at his home in Kitikifumba, Kira Municipality in Wakiso District.
According a statement by the Force’s spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, a team of four pathologists carried out an autopsy on deceased General’s body in the presence of four witnesses, that is – Brig Gen Dr Stephen Kusasira, the Director Medical Services in the UPDF, the deceased’s personal doctor Ben Khiingi, and two family representatives.
According to research, this shows that Paul Lokech is now a third Major General to be succumbed to blood clot.
Others include Major General Julius Oketta who was deputy coordinator, Operation Wealth Creation.
He died in November 2016 after he suffered a blockage in a blood vessel in the lungs, according to a postmortem report.
Oketta died from Kadic Hospital, Bukoto moments after he complained of severe chest pain. Initial reports indicated that he suffered a heart attack.
Maj Gen Kasirye Gwanga, the controversial soldier who died in May 2020 from Nakasero hospital where he had been hospitalised for weeks.
His death, according to media reports, was attributed to effects of an operation to remove a blood clot in one of the vessels in his head.
However, there are also other prominent personals that we have lost over the same blood clot according to medical reports.
One of them is Uganda’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East African Community Affairs, Eriya Kategaya, he died in March 2013 from a hospital in Nairobi.
Kategaya was said to been suffering from a condition known as Thrombosis (a blockage preventing the flow of blood in the body caused by a clot of blood.
On our list, we also have Appolo Nsibambi who was prime minister of Uganda from 1999 to 2011. He died in May 2019 and according to the post-mortem report by doctors is pulmonary embolism which is a clot in the lungs.
In April 2021, Uganda lost Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga and like Lokech’s death, Lwanga’s sent shock waves because a day before, he had been seen in public.
A post-mortem report carried out by Mulago national referral hospital indicated that Lwanga died of a heart attack caused by a blood clot.
According to medical sources, blood clots are differently sized clumps of blood that form inside our bodies, when a blood clot blocks blood flow to important areas of your body, it can be harmful, even deadly.