Government moves to regulate free health camps

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Residents lineup for free medical care at The Source of Light Primary School, Jandira in Kasanje on October 29, 2016. FILE PHOTO

KAMPALA: Organisers of medical camps offering among others surgical and dental services shall have to plan for management of early and late complications including a plan for patients’ referral where necessary in case of any incident, effective this month.

A medical camp is a temporarily organized activity within a specified locality for purposes of providing free, subsidized or sponsored medical, surgical or dental diagnosis and/or treatment
The Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council (UMDPC) introduced the new guideline among others as a pre-requisite, following complaints from previous camps where several preventable deaths were registered due to the unqualified medical practitioners used.

“There should be a plan that if there are any issues, there should be an early plan for referral for post-camp follow up of patients especially those who will have undergone surgical operations and those put on medication,” Dr Katumbe Ssentongo, the UMDPC registrar said.
Dr Katumba was speaking to this reporter on the side-lines of the Islamic Medical Association of Uganda (IMAU) Continuous Professional Development seminar in Kampala, under the theme: “Faith based approach to continuous quality improvement in patient care:

At the end of last year, there were several reports that at least 13 of 28 patients including

Former MP Issa Kikungwe dies

Sunday November 05 2017


Former Member of Parliament of Kyadondo County South has died at Mengo hospital in Kampala, Democratic Party offcials to which he belonged have confirmed.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of the DP National Treasurer Al Hajji Kikungwe Issa who has passed on this morning at Mengo hospital," Elvis Kintu Nsonyi, a DP coordinator posted on Facebook.

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago posted on his Facebook page saying, “I spent the night in Bukedi sub region on a Togikwatako/ Red Ribbon Campaign but have woken up to shocking and sad news of the death of our brother, Hon Issa Kikungwe. May his soul rest in eternal peace. Inna lilahi wa inna ilaihi rajihun.”

Norbert Mao statement:

I announce with deep sorrow the death of our colleague the DP National Treasurer The Hon. Al Hajji Issa Kikungwe which occurred today Sunday 5 November 2017 in the morning at Mengo Hospital, Kampala. Our colleague did not regain consciousness after a surgery he underwent on Friday 27 October 2017 to remove a brain tumor which had recurred after a successful surgery a few years ago.

To the family, we convey our condolences and lift you up in prayer. We stand with the you at this time of extreme grief as we mourn a man who served his party and country with dedication, diligence and courage. We will do everything possible to ensure that we accompany our colleague in his final earthly journey and accord him a befitting send off.

As National Treasurer, Hon. Kikungwe was at the forefront of vital reforms to establish a financial management system that ensures accountability and transparency. He was also at the forefront of promoting the project of building the Party Headquarters (Ben Kiwanuka House). Hon. Kikungwe was a decisive and dependable man. He was always committed to doing what he believed to be right. Even if you did not agree with him you knew where he stood on a particular issue.

In his political work as a parliamentarian he stood firm for truth and justice. In 2005 he was one of a few of us in the Legal Committee who presented a Minority Report opposing the removal of presidential term limits from the constitution. For many years he was chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances. He used that platform to highlight many of the government's unfulfilled promises. He was committed to community empowerment. The many community development projects he initiated in his constituency over the years attest to his outstanding commitment to uplifting the status of ordinary citizens.

We ask the Almighty God to receive the soul of Hon. Kikungwe and grant him eternal peace when he approaches the Throne of Grace. Burial arrangements will be announced later.

under unclear circumstances during a one-week October neurosurgical camp that was organized by Church of Uganda owned Mengo Hospital.
However, Dr Katumba said the plan to regulate the camps and streamline their operations has been on since 2016 so as to put great attention on vetting the applications to ensure that the camps will be beneficial, effective and safe.

Unlike in the past where individual medical doctors would register with the council, the new guidelines now require the health camp host unit to obtain authorization from the UMDPC and other statutory bodies three months in advance.
“…ensure that all health care professionals who will participate in the camp are duly registered and licensed to practice in this country by the relevant regulatory authorities. Students can only conduct a camp under the supervision of a qualified and registered medical/dental practitioner,” the guidelines read in part.

Applicants shall also declare the purpose of the camp whether there is a research component to the camp and if so, the necessary ethical approvals provided by Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) guidelines must be sought prior to starting the camp.
Additionally, a detailed report of the camp must be submitted to the UMDPC within two weeks of completion of the camp detailing the achievements of the camp, number of persons served, any challenges encountered and a follow-up plan.
Also, there must be evidence for skills transfer to local staff working with the team and aggrieved parties can channel their grievances to the Appeals’ Committee, the guidelines state further


Meanwhile, the IMAU seminar saw five distinguished Muslim Health professionals awarded to the prestigious Meritorious Service Awards for the excellent services given to IMAU and the Community in Uganda while in positions of leadership in the health sector.

These include; the Dr Yusuf Walakira, Mr Yasiin Mukiibi, Hajjat Safina Kisu Musene (PhD), Ms Aligawesa Agiri Lubega and Dr Balyejjusa Sadiq.

Professor Magid Kagimu the IMAU president said: “we encourage all our members to strive to be the best and we set up this ceremony to award the best so they become the best role models for others to emulate in terms of serving the community.”

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