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Museveni woos medics in diasporaPublish Date: Apr 07, 2014
Museveni woos medics in diaspora
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By Paul Kiwuuwa 

PRSIDENT Yoweri Museveni and Ugandan MPs at the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) have called upon medical doctors working in the diaspora to establish medical businesses in Uganda which can offer cheaper health services to the vulnerable, marginalized, and indigent in society.

“The Government, and even individual Ugandans pay heavy medical bills to treat people in foreign hospitals, yet some Ugandan medics working in the foreign hospitals can offer the same services to Ugandans at relatively cheaper prices.

Ugandans medics working in the diaspora can establish businesses in Uganda leading to infrastructural development,” the President was quoted as saying.

This was disclosed in a press briefing at Parliament on Friday by MPs on the Pan-African Parliament, including Onyango Kakoba chairperson committee on justice and human rights.

Jacqueline Amongin (Ngora district) vice-president of the youth caucus, Barumba Rusaniya (Kiruhura district), a rapporteur of the committee on trade and Sam Otada (Independent) serves on the committee on transport.

The President made the remarks during his address to the Pan-African parliament during cerebrations to mark 10 years anniversary of the foundation of the continental body at the Pan-African parliamentary headquarters in Midland, South Africa.

According to Barumba, President Museveni and MPs held a meeting with Ugandan medical doctors working in South Africa at Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria. They discussed ways of improving Uganda’s medical and health working conditions.

Barumba, in her testimony said the Government paid over sh50m for an operation she underwent on her spinal cord in one of the South African hospitals after sustaining injury in a car accident, which she said ordinary Ugandans cannot afford.

“The MPs and President Museveni discussed with some Ugandan medical doctors working in South Africa, including Dr. John Ouma, a neurosurgeon, Dr. Ian Olwoch, a specialist in treating ear nose and throat who expressed interests in establishing private businesses offering health services in Uganda.”

According to Barumba, the medics requested the Government to equip the hospitals with the necessary equipment and medicines and improve the health workers’ pay.

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