Uganda – Yesterday, President Yoweri Museveni, has officially opened the Mulago Specialised Women and Neonatal Hospital.
He said that this bring to an end “medical tourism”, saying that Ugandans will have to be cured or die in the country.
Museveni said: “You are either saved here or die here so that whichever way, you do not have to disturb your family by having to repatriate you from India when you [are] no longer standing up.”
The newly constructed 450-bed capacity hospital was opened to the public on September 17, in what government said was an “Independence Gift” to Ugandans.
The President added: “I want you to agree to pay Ugandan scientists market rates. Not only for the region but also internationally. This has been my position. Differentiate between scientists and the rest of us.
“The administrators were insisting that they should get the same pay like the pilots. A pilot gets Shs25m. So, the pilots went away and the school was about to close, until I intervened.”
Health minister, Jane Ruth Aceng, said: “The hospital will help decongest Mulago, enable women with complicated reproductive health problems to be treated, and reduce referrals abroad for specialised reproductive and neonatal treatment.”