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Teenage Boy Sues Health Body Over Circumcision

A 14 year old boy is suing Makerere University’s Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) for a circumcision-gone-wrong.

The nonprofit institute which is an integral part of Makerere’s College of Health Sciences was established with funding from donors in 2002, to support Uganda’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

The complainant, whose names we are withholding, being a minor, is a pupil at Home Care Primary School in Kakumiro, Mubende district.

He says doctors from IDI came to his school in June last year and lured him into circumcision but failed to treat his wound which later turned septic.

Bruno, who is suing through his guardian Enoch Turinawe, contends that the doctors asked him not to tell his parents about the circumcision, which prevented him from getting the necessary health care.

He claims that due to severe bleeding from the wound, his penis and testicles swelled, and cause him great discomfort until his parents noticed and sought treatment in a private hospital

Owing to what he calls the negligence of the institute’s medics, leading to his injuries and suffering, the teenager is seeking compensation of Shs 10million.

In the application filed at the Kampala High Court, the boy is also seeking orders for the institute to pay him special damages of 85000 shillings.

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The High Court Registrar is yet to summon the respondents to file the defense on the allegations

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