Tuesday June 14 2011

Museveni pays medical bills of riot victim and her baby

By Evelyn Lirri

Kampala

President Museveni has cleared the medical bills of a pregnant woman who gave birth on Sunday after being shot in the abdomen during the walk-to-work protests in April.

The plight of Brenda Nalweyo, 18, drew the attention of the President after it was reported in the media that she had been shot by a stray bullet in Kajjansi on Entebbe Road while she was seven months pregnant. She gave birth to a bouncing baby girl at Mulago Hospital where she has been receiving treatment.

The baby has been named Miracle Walukagga Muwajjibu Naluwooza. “President Museveni directed State House to pay for all the hospital bills for Nalweyo and her baby and ensure that they are monitored until the mother and child are in good health,” a police statement issued yesterday, said.

The Police spokesperson, Ms Judith Nabakooba, who has been monitoring the family, said the President met all the medical bills and welfare through the Police public relations office. “We received the news with great pleasure. As the police, we are grateful to the family, Mulago Hospital and police doctors who worked with government to save both the mother and baby. The President has taken care of all the bills and welfare,” said Ms Nabakooba.

Ms Joyce Muziki, the principal nursing officer at Mulago Hospital, said Ms Nalweyo had a normal delivery and that the mother and child are in good health. “There is, however, need for medical check-ups for the mother to ensure she is completely safe from the injuries she sustained during the riots,” said Ms Muziki.

Nalweyo was a student of Catering and Hotel Management at Namasuba College of Commerce before she got pregnant. President Museveni has warned against public demonstrations; saying that those who intend to demonstrate must abide by the law and in coordination with the police so as to keep law and order.

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