Uganda: Invest More in Health – Lukwago

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has decried the poor state of the country’s healthcare facilities, saying if he had not flown out, he would have died due to lack of specialised treatment in Ugandan hospitals.

Mr Lukwago, who returned from Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, yesterday, urged government to invest more resources to improve Uganda’s healthcare system and attract or retain more specialised medical personnel.

He narrated how he ‘struggled’ to get specialists to attend to him when he suffered acute anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction, last month.

The Lord Mayor said he was lucky to get to the specialised treatment in Nairobi given his status as a high ranking public official.

“We must commit ourselves to rebuilding our health system. The healthcare system in this country is sick. Imagine millions of Ugandans who are languishing in those hospitals where there are no equipment and cannot get medicine,” Mr Lukwago told journalists at his home in Kampala.

“I was referred to Aga Khan [Hospital] by doctors here because of the inadequate equipment and facilities,” he added.

He also said lack of requisite equipment has forced Ugandan medical specialists to work in other countries.

He said while at Aga Khan Hospital, he was treated by a medical team led by a Ugandan specialist based in Nairobi, Dr Godfrey Lule.

Regarding his campaigns, Mr Lukwago said he had suspended them indefinitely until he recovers fully.