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Old Kampala hospital demands apology from mayor Lukwago over organ harvesting allegations

Old Kampala hospital

Old Kampala hospital

Old Kampala hospital has issued a 7-day ultimatum for Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and their former patient Muhamood Kabanda to apologise for accusing the hospital of illegal organ harvesting.

Failure to retract the allegations, the hospital threatens to pursue a defamation case against the duo. Last month, Lukwago and Kabanda ran to the media, accusing the hospital of harvesting Kabanda's kidney when he was admitted there following a nasty accident. Kabanda, a trader in Owino market sought medical services after being involved in a motor accident that left a cut on his forehead. 

Kabanda opened a case at Old Kampala police station against Old Kampala hospital. However, separate investigations by the police and the Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioners Council found that Kabanda was born with only one kidney and that there was never any kidney harvesting as alleged. The council noted that surgeons made an incision on Kabanda’s stomach to remove a tissue that was used to repair his broken skull.

Addressing journalists on Monday, the medical director of Kampala hospital, Dr Faisal Kazibwe, said that the statements made by Lukwago and Kabanda were defamatory. He wants the duo to run an apology on the front pages of New Vision, Daily Monitor, and other media houses they spoke to while accusing the hospital of kidney harvesting.

Kazibwe emphasized that the patient, like others who come to the hospital, was attended to by qualified personnel. He says the neurologist who operated on Kabanda was a qualified practitioner who followed the necessary procedure to attend to the patient.

When contacted, Kabanda said that he was yet to recover and doesn’t see why he should apologize to the hospital. Kabanda, who disputed both the police and Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioners Council reports insists that he needs an independent investigation conducted outside Uganda to ascertain his status.

"Did they apologize to me for cutting my belly? I am not well until now" said Kabanda in a phone interview. Lukwago couldn’t be reached as his known mobile number couldn't go through.



0 #1 kabayekka 2022-11-22 08:21
Indeed that is the problem of these very important people to commercialize the national health service in this country. If this Uganda NHS was still in very caring government hands, such dodgy medical professional confrontations would not be entertained.

This sort of African expensive hospital treatment is a replica of USA hospital treatment that the USA has been privatizing in this country for many years now and counting.

One should remember that the history of African medical treatment started under the foundation of Christian mythology for Buganda as a Kingdom state. The Christian missionaries indeed did put up a good job concerning the universal human health.
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0 #2 rubangakene 2022-11-25 19:12
This practice was rampant in the 50/60s; only it was called "kulabantu". Many actors were involved including The cowboy films that were shown at football fields across the country industry, and others too part in this heinous practice. History indeed repeats itself!
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