Police have denied knowledge of any medical referral given to Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze to undergo further treatment in India.
Nambooze has been hospitalized for more than a week since she was arrested over remarks made before and after the assassination of Arua municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Abiriga and his brother Saidi Kongo Buga.
Her medical report indicates that she had suffered spinal cord compression and had undergone posterior lumbar decompression and fusion, a surgical procedure that joins two or more bones together into one solid bone. She says that she had been scheduled for medical review Manipal Spine Care Centre in India on June 15 but could not travel since she was under police custody.
But police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says that police did not get any official communication on the alleged referral. He added that police is equally mandated to save lives and is awaiting a communication from Mulago National Referral on the next step.
Kayima says, If Mulago hospital informs them that Nambooze is well, she will be charged in court since her file has already been sanctioned but if they say she needs to be referred, she will be allowed to go wherever she is referred.
Nambooze was first injured during a fracas at Parliament on September 27, triggered by controversies on a proposal to remove the cap on the presidential age from the constitution. During the time, security personnel reportedly attached to the Special Forces Command invaded parliament, to evict a group of legislators who had been suspended by the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga.
A referral letter signed by Dr Waiswa Gonzaga, an orthopaedic surgeon from the National Referral Hospital in Mulago indicates that Nambooze complains of severe low back pain that has progressively increased over the past few weeks.
Research indicates that Spinal compression constitutes a true emergency because the initial injury to the spinal cord will lead to permanent loss of neurological function if the pressure on the cord is not relieved quickly.