PCAU Calls for Better Comfort for the “Dying”

The former presidential candidate on independent ticket, ed Elton Joseph Mabirizi has said he, recipe together with former colleague Dr. Kizza Besigye are looking forward to forming a “legitimate” government.

Mabirizi who visited Dr. Besigye at his home in Kasangati, cost referred to nowadays by the FDC diehards as State House, said the Forum for Democratic Change strongman is still in high spirits and is not resigned despite his home incarceration.

“Today, I paid my elder brother and colleague, Dr. Besigye, a visit. He was in high spirits. It seems the house arrest, if it was meant to break his will, has instead made him even more determined to push for the desired political change,” said Mabiriizi.

Mabirizi scored the least (0.26%) in the presidential election held on 18th February 2016 while Dr. Besigye who was challenging the incumbent, President Yoweri Museveni for the fourth time garnered 35%, coming in second position.

“Mr. Museveni did not win the election. He knows it. That’s why he has to keep Besigye under house arrest,” noted Mabirizi.

The duo during the meeting discussed the state of affairs in the country and “mainly the formation of a new government.”

“We discussed a wide range of issues related to the state of the nation and the contested and fraudulent 2016 election. This conversation shall continue in the days to come as we work towards establishing a legitimate government.”

Col Besigye who fell short of petitioning the Supreme Court recently revealed plans to form a parallel government.

Only one candidate, Amama Mbabazi who stood on independent ticket and came third with a paltry 1.4 percent has gone to court.

The former Prime Minister raised 28 grounds in which he said the election was rigged. The Supreme Court is still handling the matter that has three respondents including Museveni, the Electoral Commission and the Attorney General.

The comfort to the patients encountering grave and painful illnesses, check known as palliative care is said to be instrumental in the treatment process and more importantly increasing the survival chances.

In a media discourse on Monday in Kampala, and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU) officials said most people and even medical facilities only wait for the complaint from patients and concentrate on administering the prescription dosage forgetting about the comfort care and quick pain relief that should be given too.

Palliative care is provided through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification, thorough assessment and treatment of pain and other complications including physical, economic, psycho-social and spiritual.

The Country Director PCAU, Mrs. Rose Kiwanuka said palliative should be commenced early, hand in hand with other therapies that lengthen the life of the patient.

“Palliative care is applicable early in the course of an illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy,” She said.

Established in 1999 and registered as a professional and National NGO in 2003, PCAU was formed to support and promote the development of palliative care and palliative care professionals in

It is made up of professionals and volunteers from all over Uganda with an interest in palliative care. Association members share palliative care experience and knowledge, thereby promoting palliative care.

One of the organizations working together with PCAU is Uganda Network on Law Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANETan NGO formed to bring together organizations and individuals who are interested in advocating for the development and strengthening of an appropriate policy, legal, human rights and ethical response to Health and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

According to Esther Kamadi, a lawyer from UGANET, palliative care is a right to all patients.
“Palliative care is not a luxury or a by the way thing but a right that all patients deserve.” She said at the same media discourse.

The government of Uganda is also playing a big role in the provision of palliative care in the country as enlightened in the Health Sector Strategic Plan of 2010/11- 2014/15.

The ministry of Health currently provides for free pain management medication in the form of oral liquid morphine, among other forms.

Ms. Kiwanuka said as of April last year, there are 203 health facilities that provide some form of palliative care in Uganda.

The National Referral Hospital Mulago and 13 regional referral hospitals are among the medical facilities giving out palliative care services.

The World Health Organization estimates that 1 percent of each country’s population needs palliative care. According to PACU figures, an estimated 3.5 million people in Uganda require palliative care services.

“In 2010, 80 percent of the 16,526 patients who died of cancer in Uganda had moderate to severe pain. Meanwhile only 2.6 percent of the patients who needed pain relief in Uganda received it leaving the total estimated untreated deaths in pain at 67,000,” part of PACU’s Treat the Pain report of 2010 said.

The PCAU Programs Manager, Mark Mwesigwa a lot have been put in place for palliative care but only over 10 percent those in need have been reached.

“Despite all efforts that have resulted in the extension of palliative care services to 112 districts in the country, just over 10 percent of individuals in need of palliative care can access it.” He said.


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