CareRight Healthcare boss, symptoms Julius Murinzi has fired back at Gen Kahinda Otafiire, saying the powerful Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs has no single idea on providing comprehensive healthcare insurance to the people of Uganda.
CareRight recently submitted a proposal to the Health Ministry to build a sustainable healthcare system for Uganda “to prevent diseases from occurring or manage their effects, through simple interventions like encouraging prolific immunization programs, community transformation programs to promote healthy living; creating healthier school environment; HIV tests and countless other initiatives that are going to make Ugandans live longer, healthier lives.”
But Otafiire warned government against dealing with Murinzi, describing him as a conman.
“I know Murinzi well; he is a thief; a conman first class,” added the Minister.
In response, Murinzi said he despises Otafiire.
“I reverence truth, and if you can prove that you have any moral authority to pin holes in anyone’s reputation, I will confess it. What the citizens know of your morals disposes me to pay regard not to what you shall say, but to what you shall prove,” said Murinzi in a statement to ChimpReports on Tuesday.
Murinzi wondered whether Otafiire had any ideas to put on the table in regard to providing healthcare insurance to Ugandans.
“Sir, have you in your mind a healthcare plan for Uganda wholly or partially formed? If you have it prosecute it without interference from me. If you have not, please inform me, so that I, incompetent as I may be, can immediately present you my healthcare Plan for the country,” he added.
“If you will give me your own healthcare plan for the nation, I shall gladly yield my plan to yours. My paramount object in this struggle is to fix our healthcare system. I shall do less whenever I shall believe what I am doing hurts the cause, and I shall do more whenever I shall believe doing more will help the cause.”
The Health Ministry Permanent Secretary Diane Atwiine today clarified that government was yet to sign any partnership with CareRight.
As of now, the proposed health insurance scheme remains just a proposal.
Murinzi told this website that the CareRight Plan was designed after three years of consulting with the best healthcare institutions across America.
“Instead of destroying a young man, we should build consensus on the focus of future efforts of strengthening our nation’s healthcare sector; reduce the burden of diseases and build new partnerships,” said Murinzi.
“We are more than determined to implement reforms that will provide stronger incentives for improved quality, prevention and more efficient delivery of care,” he added.
Majority of Ugandans cannot afford quality healthcare.
While the proposal is timely, Ugandans are wary of losing money in such a venture.
Murinzi said Otafiire takes his “wife abroad for specialized care on taxpayers’ money” while the rest can’t afford.
“We imagine this project for women-gynecological services, health education, and family planning –to reduce local maternal mortality. Sir, as a government official, are you not aware that there is a serious shortage of therapeutic and diagnostic capacity in your public sector that has compounded the serious problem of hospital overcrowding?” he wondered.
Murinzi said the emergency departments at referral hospitals have had patients remain in the department for weeks and that in the wards; inpatients await surgical intervention for weeks, occasionally months.
“Uganda has the worst profile of chronic diseases ( CNCDS) in the region; highest incidence of breast cancer. There is no capacity in our public hospitals to accommodate and treat many of our people. Many Ugandans suffer because they cannot afford quality healthcare which you (Otafiire) are able to afford.”