Uganda Medical Association President, Dr. Ekwaro Obuku is nursing head injuries after assailants assaulted him outside his home last night.
Dr. Ekwaro a resident of Kitikifumba in Kiira municipality was beaten to a pulp and left fighting for his life.
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 said on phone.
He was rushed to a private hospital Case Clinic where he remains admitted to the intensive care unit.
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.