Ministry of Health has ordered presidential and parliamentary candidates to stop the practice of taking advantage of health facilities in poor condition to build their political muscle.
The Health Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Dr Asuman Lukwago yesterday wrote to the Chairman of the Electoral Commission Eng Badru Kiggundu, capsule http://corcoranproductions.com/wp-admin/includes/ms-admin-filters.php urging him to advise the candidates off the hospitals.
Over the past weeks, viagra sale political candidates on the opposition side have made efforts to poke holes in the NRM regime’s delivery of health services by making visits to dilapidated hospitals to expose the rot therein.
The trend was set by the Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye whose visit with the media to Abim Hospital in northern Uganda raised national and international concerns and put the health workers on the spot.
It emerged during the visit that the hospital had gone months without a doctor and that it lacked clean water and many other essential tools.
Other candidates including Go Forward’s Amama Mbabazi have since tried to make similar visits to other rural hospitals but met resistance from police and hospital administrators.
In the letter to the EC, and The Health Ministry stresses that hospitals are restricted areas which cannot be visited by anyone at any point in time.
“Official visiting hours are provided for relatives and other persons wishing to visit the patients,” stated the PS.
“The privacy of patients and staff integrity should be respected. All information, especially clinical information is strictly confidential.”
Media too according to the new directive were advised against exposing the conditions in these hospitals.
Dr Lukwago noted that “photographing, filming and interviewing of patients and staff are only permitted for certain purposes such as approved research by a relevant authority.”
Politicians intending to make official visits to health facilities were advised to seek permission first from the hospital administrators and to speak only to authorized people.
“For operational matters, the in-charge of the health facility is the official spokesperson. Matters of policy and political nature should be handled by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health,” he added.
President Yoweri Museveni has cautioned Ugandans against tribalism and religious sectarianism saying we are all equal and must remain united.
“The NRM track record is clear. We believe in unity. We do not believe in tribalism or religious sectarianism. We believe everyone is equal, generic http://crossfitnaples.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-filesystem-direct.php ” he said.
The President was speaking Wednesday at Gisorora playgrounds in Nyakabande Sub County in Bufumbira East Constituency where thousands of people from all walks of life turned up for his rallies.
Museveni kicked off his Western region campaign trail in Kisoro district in Rubuguri Parish.
He revealed that although there was no rally initially planned in Rubuguri Parish he could not skip it.
“The people of Kampala had skipped Rubuguri but I said I cannot skip my people, medical ” he said.
The President gave an example of business people who do not ask their customers for their tribes or religions before serving them.
“When I have a shop, I do not ask the customers for their religion or tribe before I sell to them. The customer helps me get money for my child’s school fees. Kabale and Kisoro grow potatoes and sell them to people in Kampala and these are not necessarily your tribe mates or belong to the same religion,” he said.
He advised the people to chase away people who want to divide others using tribes and religion.
“Those who want tribalism or religious sectarianism are devils and should move out of our way. NRM believes in unity and through unity we have got strength and peace that have led to development,” he said.
On the roads, Museveni promised to tarmac more roads connecting Kisoro to other areas.
“We have tarmacked the road from Bunagana and Cyanika. We are going to tarmac the Kisoro-Kurigo-Bwindi road,” he said.
He also promised to tarmac the Kisoro-Gahinga and the Kisoro-Rubuguri-Ruko road.
He also promised to buy machines for Kisoro district to manage its own roads. “When I was coming I found the grader on the way trying to repair the road. Now I have bought machines from Japan. Every district will get a water boozer, a wheel loader, a grader, two tippers and a road compactor,” he said.
On education, the President said that he was happy with the number of schools in Kisoro.
“When I was in Ntare, there were so many students from Kigezi because Kigezi had only Butobere Secondary School and it did not have ‘A’ level. When you hear that Kisoro has 13 government aided schools, that is a big achievement,” he said.
Kisoro district has 15 private secondary schools while 40 of the 195 primary schools are government aided.
Candidate Museveni urged the residents of Ruguburi to campaign for him in the district and vote for the NRM and its flag bearers.
“You people are near the Democratic Republic of Congo. You should preach to the Ugandans there about the NRM,” he said.
The NRM flag bearers from Kisoro district include Rose Kabagenyi (Woman MP), John Kamara Nizey’lmana (Bufumbira North), Sam Bitangaro (Bufumbira South), Sam Byuibesho (Municipality) Richard Ndyana (Mayor) and Abeli Bizimana (LC V).
At the Rubuguri rally, Candidate Museveni also received defectors from the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party who crossed over to the NRM.