Uganda Medical Association president Dr Obuku attacked

Uganda Medical Association president Dr Obuku attacked
Attacked: Dr Ekwaro Obuku addressing the media earlier over health workers' welfare

Outspoken Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president Dr Ekwaro Obuku is in stable condition following last evening’s attack by yet-to-be known assailants near his home in Kitikifumba.

According to UMA general secretary, Dr Muhwezi Muhereza, Obuku was attacked at his gate at around 8pm as he returned home from work.

“He was mugged at outside his gate. I don’t know whether it’s mugging or beating. That is a fact but he is stable and fine. He is not in danger and we are going to check on him today,” Dr Muhereza told this publication on phone this morning.

Dr Muhereza declined to reveal the location of Dr Obuku’s home and where he is hospitalized, saying the association will issue a detailed statement on the incident later today. We have since established that he is currently hospitalized at Case Medical Centre and is nursing nose injuries.

Luke Oweyesigire, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, confirmed the incident, saying Dr Obuku was attacked at his gate in Kitikifumba Zone in Kiira division in Wakiso district. His phone was robbed during the attack according to Oweyesigire. He also says the thugs robbed the handbag of Dr Obuku’s relative identified as Joyce Akiigwa.

Dr Obuku was elected UMA president in September 2017 and is expected to serve until 2019. Obuku joined the leadership of UMA in 2013 as publicity and mobilisation secretary.

He was later elected secretary general. Dr Obuku dominated the media during the recent medical doctor’s strike because of his outspokenness on health workers welfare and working conditions.

He steered UMA through the November 2017 strike demanding better remuneration for medical workers, a review of the supply chain and management of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies and disbandment of the Health Monitoring Unit.

The doctors only resumed work after government agreed to give them a pay rise. Government is yet to review the supply chain and management of medicines and disband the Health Monitoring Unit.