Form IV student killed by lightning strike in Bukoba

16Apr 2021
The Guardian
Form IV student killed by lightning strike in Bukoba

​​​​​​​A Form Four student at Kabugaro secondary school in Nyakato ward, Bukoba District, Gisela Oswald (18) has been killed by lightning while her teacher Charles Alphonce was injured both on his legs.

Confirming the incident, senior medical officer at the Bukoba District referral hospital, Museleta Nyakiloto said he received the two patients at around 11 am, but early examinations showed that Gisela had already died.

“Doctors started to attend to the patients soon after receiving them, but Gisela was already dead because her body was full burnt by the lightning,” said Nyakiloto adding the injured teacher is progressing well with medical treatments.

Meanwhile, Alphonce narrates that they were both walking to his office after a learning session in class, but, suddenly they were hit by lighting and become unconscious.

“We are about to reach the office when lightning hit us, I was struck on legs but Gisela had all her body hit and she collapsed immediately,” said the teacher adding they were immediately rushed to the hospital.

He thanked the teachers and students for assisting them shortly after the incident.

“I am thankful to God because I am progressing well with medical treatment,” he noted.

One of Gisela’s relatives, Adinani Said said they informed by the school management of the incident, but upon arrival at the hospital, they were told that Gisela is no more.

“We are just completing procedures so that we can take her body for burials to be done at Ibosa village in Nyakato ward.

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