Uganda Heart institute doctors worried about merger

By Alice Lubwama
The Uganda heart institute has expressed fears that the merger of the institution will affect its operations.

The director of the institute Dr. John Omangino says that the institute now requires super specialized health workers who have put in much time to attain these qualifications noting that by merging it back to Mulago hospital it will undermine the specialists there.

Omagino further said that specialized health workers at the heart institute are now handing in their resignation letters to look for green pastures claiming that the services they offer cannot be recognized by ulago hospital according to the public service standard orders.

He raised the matter as the ministry of health had appeared before the health committee of parliament to present their budget framework papers for the financial year 2019/20.

It’s here still the Uganda heart institute cried out loud for lack of space where to operate from and called parliament to approve the 259bn loan shillings requested by ministry of health for the construction of Uganda heart institute home at Mulago.

Charles Muhangi found dead in his bed


Police has confirmed the sudden death of Charles Muhangi a city business man, sports personality and also the proprietor of Horizon coaches.

Muhangi was reportedly found dead this morning at his home in Buziga surbab of Kampala in Makindye division by his wife.

According to Vicent Ssekate the CID spokesperson, police got the information from local leaders in Buziga and sent detectives to his home who confirmed his death.

“All i can tell you is we are taking the body to Mulago for postmortem and ascertain the possible cause of death” Ssekate said.

Mike Mawanda a family friend says the family will also conduct a joint post mortem with police through a family doctor.

“ We have heard from the people who were with him last night in the meeting, he was not sick up to 1 am he Departed and agreed to meet this morning”, says Mawanda.

60 year old Muhangi a renowned rally driver was the first Ugandan to win African rally championship in 1999.

He has been involved in a land wrangle with property mogul Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young. The three Kampala business men were battling for the ownership of Qualicel Arcade, and Nabukera arcade .

Muhangi claims ownership of the 0.58 hectares of the land on which the two arcades were built.

Last month the office of the Solicitor general issued Muhangi with a letter confirming the ownership of the land that housed the two arcades.

Muhangi further produced the letter to Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero for eviction, and was given a go ahead letter and officers to secure the premises during the eviction.

After retaining the ownership of two arcades Charles Muhangi change the names of Arcades from Qualicel terminal to “Horizon city” and Nabukera Plaza to “Bazannya N’engo”.

After changing the names of Arcades the two tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young closed the two arcades last month in protest which left many traders renting on the buildings stranded on streets of Kampala.
The arcades were later opened after two days.

The two business men were accusing Charles Muhangi of grabbing their buildings and have been battling the case in the courts of law for the last 13 years.

High court wins people’s choice award for court ruling made about missing baby

Ugandan High Court decision has won the People’s Choice Gavel at the 2017 Gender Justice Uncovered Awards for advancing the rights of women and girls.

The annual Gender Justice Uncovered Awards are hosted by Women’s Link Worldwide, an international organization to shed light on the positive and negative impacts court decisions have on the lives of women and girls around the world.

In January, Justice Lydia Mugambe rules on the case of a missing baby from the national referral hospital Mulago. She ruled that a public hospital’s negligence resulting in the disappearance of a couple’s baby resulted in psychological torture for the parents and violated their rights to health and access to information. The couple was also granted compensation of 85 million shillings.

In an online process, Justice Mugambe’s decision garnered 3,829 votes to beat 17 other rulings that were nominated for the best judicial decision from all around the world.

“The court decision stood out because it recognized the need to not only address the human rights of the couple who were parties to the case, but also the failure on the part of the state of Uganda to fulfill its obligation of the right to health”, said Lydia Muthiani, Women’s Link attorney.

According to Women’s Link, Justice Mugambe’s decision specifies that a woman’s inability to access sufficient antenatal care demonstrates a failure on the part of the State to fulfill its obligations under the right to health. It also points out that States also have an obligation to devote special attention and resources to women whose circumstances make them vulnerable and those who suffer from multiple forms of inequality.

The Court also pointed to overburdened hospital staff which led to errors as another example of the failure to comply with obligations under the right to health.

A social justice advocacy organisation, the Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) and the parents of the child sued the attorney general and executive director of Mulago hospital for unlawful disappearance of their baby.

“We applaud the Judiciary for upholding health and human rights of Jennifer Musimenta and her husband Michael Mubangizi,  at a time when they had no recourse for justice”, said Moses Mulumba Executive Director, CEHURD.

“This award comes at a crucial time (because) the ruling required the Uganda Police to make a report on the where about of this couple’s child within six months but we are yet to hear from them,” he added.

Other rulings from African Courts that have won an Award:
The High Court of Tanzania  takes the Bronze Gavel (court ruling with a positive effect on women and girls’ lives) for its ruling instructing the government to ban child marriage and set the legal age for marriage at 18 for both sexes.

The Golden Bludgeon (court ruling with a negative effect on women and girls’ lives) went to the High Court of Kenya for its decision to acquit a man for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, on basis that girls often make false reports of non-consensual sex.



Court orders Mulago hospital 85M in lost new born child case

High Court in Kampala has fined Mulago National Referral Hospital 85 million Shillings as general damages to a couple whose twin baby mysteriously got lost at the facility more than three years ago.

The couple; Michael Mubangizi and Jennifer Musimenta, sued the hospital after one of their twin babies allegedly went missing shortly after birth on March 12, 2012.  Presiding judge Lydia Mugambe Ssali held that the baby got lost due to the negligence of Mariam Mundida, the mid-wife on duty that fateful day.

The judge also justified the 85 million Shillings awarded to the couple on grounds that they suffered psychological torture of not knowing or burying their own baby, a cherished ritual in African culture.

She added that this case is a pointer to a bigger problem of under staffing in Mulago and the country at large.  In her defense, the mid-wife on duty that fateful day told court that she had to attend to another expectant mother and only remembered about her when she had returned to her home.

Also in her judgment, the judge took note of the psychological torture the couples goes through on daily basis when people continuously ask them where the other twin baby is.

” Accordingly, the plantiffs (couple) claim is allowed in part with the following declarations and consequential orders which I find necessary to nip in the systematic problems in Mulago in the bud.” ruled Justice Mugambe.

The couple had asked for a compensation of 300 million Shillings but the judge said it was on a higher side since they did not suffer cruel psychological torture.

The judge ruled that Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), that was a joint petitioner, be allowed free access into the health facility  to continuously to ensure that steps are being taken in full filling the orders of court.

Police was also directed to conclusively investigate the disappearance of the twin baby in question and report to court its findings within six months from today.

Reacting to the judgment, Michael Mubangizi, the father of the missing twin baby, welcomed the award but was quick to say that that money is not everything as they still want Mulago hospital to avail them with their child whether ‘alive’ or ‘dead’.




Speeding government car causes accident

By Robert Ssegawa

Seven people sustained severe injuries in an accident along the northern bypass.

The accident occurred when an over speeding local government vehicle number LG 0016-28 control and rammed into a lorry registration UAU 330T carrying charcoal yesterday morning.

Mwamba Abdul OC Traffic Nateete police attributed the accident to reckless driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol. The injured are undergoing treatment at Mulago hospital.



The Ministry of Health is seeking for a supplementary budget of 3.5 billion shillings to shift some departments in Mulago hospital to Kawempe and Kiruddu health centers in Kampala districts.

The director Mulago hospital Dr Baterana Byarugaba says that some of the departments cannot continue functioning at the hospital because of the construction works which are going on.

Baterana says that the shifting is scheduled for 20th of this month.


Conditions in Mulago worsen as renovations continue

The ongoing renovation works at Mulago National Referral Hospital have worsened congestion and compromised the hygiene situation there. On Saturday night, URN visited the casualty ward and found most of the patients lying on the floor as part of block B had been cordoned off with plywood to pave way for renovation works.

The toilets were flooded with water and were smelly because they don’t flush. Worse still, the toilets were being shared by male and female patients and their care takers. At around 10 pm, Francis Ssentongo was brought in by his brother with a fractured leg and skull following an accident. Due to lack of sufficient beds, Ssentongo was given space in the cordoned extension and his brother was told to hold his drip.

Mary Kansiime, a student of Dream Land secondary school was also brought in after she was involved in accident during a netball match. Kansiime was forced to spend a night with her mother on the floor due to lack of space. Another patient, who came in at around 11am had her drip on a wheel chair. She later complained to her caretakers about back pain because of her sitting posture.

Unlike most of the other wards, all patients have to carry mosquito nets along with them. However, because most of the patients come from upcountry, they don’t have mosquito nets. The hospital administrators had told URN in December last year that patients would be relocated to Kawempe and Kiruddu hospitals in mid-February this year once they are completed and ready for occupancy.

However, the relocation plans hit a snag since the hospitals are not ready. Enock Kusasira, the spokesperson Mulago National Referral Hospital told URN in a telephone interview that the congestion is caused by the renovation works at the hospital where some wards have completely been closed.

“We have been trying to talk to KCCA to complete Kiruddu and Kawempe hospitals such that we can relocate the patients but this has been delayed. But we are trying our best to ensure that the limited space we have is used by patients because we cannot throw them away…”



The Intensive Care Unit at Mulago National Referral Hospital was closed as a result of a shortage of bacterial filters – an important component used with ventilators which protect patients from germs and infections coming from the machines through the tubes as well as making the air moist enough for the patient to take in.

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It was re-opened on Friday 2nd November 2012 after several days of closure that resulted in the reported deaths of five people who would have probably been kept alive on the unit’s life support machines according to the Daily Monitor newspaper of Monday 5 November 2012.

Angella Katatumba a Ugandan Singer and Songwriter has donated ten million shillings to Mulago Hospital intensive care unit for the purchase of a photo therapy machine and a syringe pump.

Angella hands over the money to the supplier of the machine.

The donation is part of the Mulago yafe campaign aimed at raising awarness towards better health services and good sanitation standards at Mulago Hospital under the Angella katatumba,a charity based organisation.

Katatumba 5This initiative has been supported by Gordon Wavamuno, Kampala Pharmaceutical Industries, Boney Katatumba and Smart Telecom.

The photo therapy machine helps premature babies at the intensive care unit get warmth and light.

Angella looks at a baby in a photo therapy machine similar to the one she has donated.

The cash donation was handed over to the supplier of the machine that will be used at the intensive care unit at the hospital.

Angella with our reporter Moses Kidandi.

Katatumba’s action has been warmly welcomed by the community which has called upon politicians to borrow a leaf from this deed. She has as well been assured of the peoples’ vote in case she stands for an elective position in Ugandan politics.

By Tukundane Yonna