Two staff at Pallisa General Government Hospital are on the run over the death of a 4-month-old baby boy who passed on shortly after undergoing circumcision.
According to the police regional public relation officer in Pallisa district, ASP Immaculate Alaso, the baby died due to convulsions, a condition in which muscles contract and relax quickly and cause uncontrolled shaking of the body.
Alaso confirmed the unfortunate incident, noting that the toddler suffered a febrile seizure convulsion. This type of convulsion in children is caused by a fever often from an infection.
Febrile seizures occur in young or healthy children who have normal development and haven’t had any neurological symptoms before.
“Police visited the scene and obtained statements from the parents of the deceased and other eyewitnesses. However, police are on the ground to establish whether the suspect is a trained surgeon qualified to perform such a procedure,” Alaso said.
Febrile seizures are usually harmless, only last a few minutes, and typically don’t indicate a serious health problem.
According to experts, usually, a child having a febrile seizure shakes all over and loses consciousness. Sometimes, the child may get very stiff or twitch in just one area of the body.
Some signs and symptoms of a febrile seizure include having a fever higher than 100.4 F (38.0 C), losing consciousness and shaking or jerking the arms and legs.
Experts classify febrile seizures as simple or complex. The most common type lasts from a few seconds to 15 minutes. Simple febrile seizures do not occur within 24 hours and are not specific to one body part.