The Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) medics who were recently deployed to assist with provision of medical services have already embarked on the work to attend to the patients.
The military medics will be offering emergency and specialized services following a recent directive by President Yoweri Museveni.
Doctors under their umbrella body Uganda Medical Association (UMA) have been on strike for two weeks now, demanding pay rise and adequate medical supplies in health facilities.
The UPDF Spokesperson Brig. Richard Karemire in a statemement said that doctors from the UPDF are already deployed in the field to support current efforts to save lives.
“The Army is putting at the disposal of the civilians some of its higly qualified doctors that have been instrumental in saving lives of soldiers and civilians in the many operational areas,” he said.
The deployment is being coordinated by D.r Col. Stephen Kusasira the UPDF Director of Medical Services who holds an MBCHB and Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynacology from Makerere University.
The team is already at Kirudu and Kawempe hospitas providing both emergency and specialized services. Some of those deployed include Dr. Ronald Oboth, Dr. Gideon Nuwagira and Dr. Patrick Otim.
Meanwhile the army has opened up its 109 UPDF health units across Uganda to the civilian patients for provision health support.
“In the country side all our over 109 health units have stepped up medical support to the population. We can only share the little we have,” Brig. Karemire told SoftPower News on Monday.