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MP Nambooze off to India for treatment

Hon. Betty Nambooze arrives at Entebbe international Airport to be airlifted for further treatment Tuesday afternoon

ENTEBBE – Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke has finally left for India where she is to receive further medical treatment.

Nambooze this morning left Bugolobi Medical Centre where she has been receiving treatment ever since she was moved from Mulago Hospital, Kiruddu.

The legislator’s personal assistant, Mr Arthur Mugabi said that Mr Henry Bakireke will accompany his wife to India together with a private nurse.

Parliament released $7,500 (about Shs29m) to the MP but she says that the money is not sufficient for her review and surgery but she decided to go to India anyway.

“I hope Parliament can reconsider and release for me the money for treatment. However, if they don’t, I have friends, I won’t die here. A report from the doctors in India indicates that I will need to pay about Shs75m,” she said.

The Director of Communication and Public Affairs at Parliament, Mr Chris Obore on Monday said that on June 13, Shs108m was deposited on Nambooze’s bank account to cater for her treatment and travels with her husband. He revealed that the medical board upon clearance, revised Ms Nambooze’s medical and travel bills to $16,000 (Shs61.94m) and Parliament would deposit the remaining $8,500 (Shs32.8m) on her account.

Dr Byaruhanga Baterana the Executive Director of Mulago Hospital, on June 20 wrote a letter to Dr Vidyadhara of Manipal Spine Care Centre recommending Nambooze for further treatment.

“We received this 49-year female patient who reports to have been operated from your facility on November 8, 2017.

A week prior to the admission to our facility she developed sudden onset of; severe low back pain radiating to the lower limb, worsened by movement and vibrations, chest pain radiation to the precordium, duration of pain lasting three minutes. No associated fainting and epigastric pain, In view of the patient’s failure to adequately respond to [treatment] to achieve sustained symptom control, the clinic team strongly recommends that the patient be reviewed by the operating surgeon as previously recommended by the medical board,” the letter reads.

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