Top Ugandan Doctor Who Led Medical Strike Against Regime Badly Assaulted

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Outspoken Uganda Medical Association (UMA) president Dr Ekwaro Obuku is in stable condition following last evening's attack by yet-to-be known assailants near his home in Kitikifumba.

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 told URN on phone this morning.

Dr Muhereza declined to reveal the location of Dr Obuku's home and where he is hospitalised, saying the association will issue a detailed statement on the incident later today. We have since established that he is currently hospitalised at Case Medical Centre and is nursing nose injuries.

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.

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