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Medical Association Condemns Gov't Action Against Zaake, Kyagulanyi

The Criminal Investigations Department, the two did not have the approval for seeking medical treatment abroad. Medical referrals from Uganda require that persons seeking treatment abroad must be examined by a consultant who prepares a report indicating that their medical condition can only be managed abroad.
L-R; Dr. Kawala, Dr. Muhereza and Dr. Samuel Oledo Odongo

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The Uganda Medical Association has condemned the detention of Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi and his counterpart Francis Zaake, the Member of Parliament from Mityana Municipality.

This comes after the two legislators were blocked from travelling out of the country, to allegedly seek treatment abroad.  Kyagulanyi had planned to travel to the United States, while Zaake, was reportedly going to India for the treatment of injuries sustained while under custody following their arrest in Arua district, more than two weeks ago.  

But according to the Criminal Investigations Department, the two did not have the approval for seeking medical treatment abroad. Medical referrals from Uganda require that persons seeking treatment abroad must be examined by a consultant who prepares a report indicating that their medical condition can only be managed abroad.

It's on the basis of the report that the medical board makes observations and recommendations to the Director General of Health Services, who then refers the matter to the Minister of Health for consideration.

However, Dr Mukuzi Muhereza, the General Secretary of the Uganda Medial Association the legislators have a right to seek treatment from their preferred facilities and to choose their own medical personnel.  He was addressing a press conference at Shanghai Restaurant in Kampala today.

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According to reports, both Kyagulanyi and Zaake have refused to receive treatment from doctors at Kiruddu Hospital where they are currently admitted. Dr Brenda Allen Kawala, the Assistant General Secretary of the association, cautioned medical personnel against treating patients against their will

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"UMA examined the arrested people and we can confidently say on record that there were signs of torture on the detainees especially those that were in Gulu."