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Bukenya Spits Fire Over Entebbe Grade A Hospital
Former Vice President Prof Gilbert Bukenya has re-echoed his concerns over the Ministry of Defence’s move to take over management of Entebbe Grade A Hospital.
“Why should the army take over the hospital in Entebbe? Can’t we build a hospital?” wondered Bukenya during a plenary session at Parliament on Tuesday.
“I am getting worried that issues are going this way. That hospital belongs to the poor people in this country,” said Bukenya.
“Let’s not mince words we should build other hospitals.”
Police on Monday tightened security at the Hospital after Wakiso district chairman; Matia Lwanga mobilized residents to reject the facility’s ownership transfer from Health Ministry to Defence.
The Ministry of Health a fortnight ago announced Defence was partnering with Israel to rehabilitate and expand the health facility.
Politicians are opposed to this move, saying it will negatively impact on health service delivery in the district.
On Monday morning, Lwanga led a group of demonstrators who stormed Entebbe streets to protest the takeover.
Police unleashed teargas which sent the protests scampering for safety. The protesters were dispersed.
Lwanga was subsequently detained and questioned by detectives before being released without charge.
However, during the plenary session, Minister of State for Primary Health Care Hon Sarah Opendi Ochieng clarified that there would be no forceful takeover of the facility by the Special Forces Group on November 1.
“We are going to have a stakeholders meeting with the local government and other leaders next week,” she said.