By Our reporter
Leaders in Itojo sub county Ntungamo district have called for banning of Pentecostal churches that stop residents from seeking medication from health facilities to opt for prayer for healing which they say has proved fatal in most cases.
The call follows the death of 38 year woman Eseza Sanyu who died on Monday morning at Itojo hospital after relatives picked her from the church Dove Global ministries in Ruhanga Itojo subcounty where she had been praying for three weeks avoiding to take medication.
According to the deceased’s sister Ms Peninah Kyogabeirwe, Ms Sanyu who was HIV positive and on anti retroviral treatment was forced to abandon the medication by her pastor who asked here and other church members who are Positive to pray to God for healing and abandon ‘the curse of drugs’.
At the time of her death on Monday morning, Ms Sanyu was vomiting blood which the doctors said resulted from a damaged Liver and spleen caused by abandonment of medication. She is survived by 3 children.
The Itojo sub county chairperson Mr Ben Kwesigabo said this was the fifth incident in the sub county in less than six months with pastors duping believers into abandoning HIIV drugs causing them death.
Pastor Keneth Beingana of Ruhanga Seventh day Adventist Church who is also a clinical officer asked for government regulation of churches.
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