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COVID-19: Ministry of Health rejects Besigye's 'ambulances'

Besigye's emergency response team

Besigye's emergency response team

Ministry of Health has objected to former opposition FDC party president, Dr Col Kizza Besigye’s parallel emergency response during the coronavirus outbreak.

Besigye announced on Twitter yesterday that "From tomorrow, Monday, 30th March, the People’s Govt will provide emergency services (to hospitals) for people in need within Kampala Metropolitan area. Briefing, training & equipping drivers has been successfully concluded. Details on the flier below. Together we shall overcome!" 

He attached pictures of persons of the supposedly response team, masked and armed with sanitizers standing beside their vehicles. Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the country two weeks ago, and a ban on public transport, patients and health workers without personal vehicles have been finding it tough to get to health centres. President Museveni banned the use of taxis, buses and boda bodas and limited to just three people per personal vehicle. 

Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga said today at a press briefing at Naguru that the ministry registered a strong objection to Besigye’s emergency efforts calling them 'uncoordinated.'

”The retired Col Kizza Besigye with his team are just picking onto patients and just dumping them anyhowly and it is something they strongly object to. We as the police, we come out to condemn this, it is an illegality first of all. We don’t have any parallel government and also we want to urge Rtd Col Kizza Besigye to stop using the fight against coronavirus as a tool to politicise things, you know and trying to gain political points out of the pandemic. This is simply a time where we as a country are supposed to jointly come out and join efforts to fight this virus." said Enanga.

Videos have since emerged on social media showing patients struggling to get health services, especially where they present symptoms and signs of coronavirus.

Efforts to get a comment from the ministry and Besigye were futile as they failed to pick their known telephone numbers but it is not the first time Besigye and his party's health response have been rejected by government.

In 2018 while faced with an acute blood shortage, the  Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) rejected a blood donation drive organised by the Forum for Democratic Change. Running with a hashtag, #YouTooCan, FDC asked Ugandans to donate blood following successful drives organised by Kampala Capital City Authority. 

In some incidences, the ill-equipped health workers have been captured running away from patients. Ministry of Health spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona even went on TV to warn health workers against abandoning COVID-19 patients. 

SPIKE IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Meanwhile, Enanga said while there has been a sharp decline in theft and house break-ins because now more people are staying at home at the same time, there has been a spike in domestic violence including murder.

Today at around 12.30am, a police officer attached to the Counter-Terrorism Unit shot twice and killed his 12-year-old stepson, Sulaiman Kisuule in Kinawataka, a poor community in Mbuya, Nakawa division in Kampala.

He also shot twice and injured his stepdaughter 3-year-old Samatha Atuhirwe before he turned the pistol on himself and committing suicide. It is unclear yet what caused the officer to act with such violence against his children. 

Comments

+3 #1 Kalitunsi 2020-03-30 15:25
In such a time of despair, we don't want cry babies and neither do we need this pandemic politicized.

Why can't the government accept an olive branch in a situation like this which they very well know they can not handle? Had the government chosen it's leaders wisely, then ambulances, good hospitals, sensitization, adherence by the local population to self isolate and protect themselves wouldn't be a problem.

Now the rich and poor, the popular and unpopular, the powerful and powerless are in this together. There is no where to run or hide. Lets just grow up this one time.
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-3 #2 Mama Mia 2020-03-30 20:07
Sasa wewe Dr. Biiso is this the time to play political games in order to remain relevant?

Why not take them to the dust of Rwakabengo? Scum!!!!
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-1 #3 Kabayekka 2020-03-30 20:29
Kalitunsi my friend, who ever told you that those acting young want to grow up and acquire old age?
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+2 #4 Kabayekka 2020-03-30 20:41
There are so many medical volunteers that have come out in many civilized countries to try and help those who badly need help!
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+3 #5 karemire 2020-03-30 21:25
Quoting Kalitunsi:
In such a time of despair, we don't want cry babies and neither do we need this pandemic politicized.

Why can't the government accept an olive branch in a situation like this which they very well know they can not handle? Had the government chosen it's leaders wisely, then ambulances, good hospitals, sensitization, adherence by the local population to self isolate and protect themselves wouldn't be a problem.

Now the rich and poor, the popular and unpopular, the powerful and powerless are in this together.

There is no where to run or hide. Lets just grow up this one time.


Well stated. I add : Neither are "the Banyankole the least qualified" to get this one this time. No more to say.
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+3 #6 hattie 2020-03-30 22:20
Why refuse such a God-sent help at such a time of need! Very annoying.
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+2 #7 MR 2020-03-31 17:34
This is a time for Ugandans to come work together to support the fight against this pandemic.

The ones playing cheap political games is the police with M.o.H plus m7 who comes addressing the nation everyday something that should be done by experts from health ministry.

Someone comes with a helping hand to help fellow Ugandans yo cheap politics is to fight him coz its from non nrm then these mad unprofessional police go beating and injuring civilians
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