Museveni: Uganda Will Soon Stop Medical Treatment Abroad
Museveni: We'll Stop Medical Tourism Hemorrhage
We will stop huge expenditure in travels and medical treatment abroad because they are a hemorrhage, said Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday.
Delivering the 2018 state of the nation address at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Museveni vowed to reduce the costs of travel and medical treatment abroad.
“Every year, Ugandans spend US$430million (Shs. 1.6 trillion) on air-travel. This is quite a hemorrhage that must stop,” noted Museveni.
“Just as we are going to stop the hemorrhage occasioned by the phenomenon of medical tourism. This is going to India for medical treatment. This takes another US$1.3million per year.”
Museveni’s government officials are some of the richest Ugandans who can afford treatment abroad.
Last year, health minister Jane Ruth Aceng flew abroad for treatment.
Most of Uganda’s public hospitals cannot handle some medical cases.
India is one of the countries to which Ugandans fly for specialized medical care.
Museveni on Reviving Uganda Airlines: We Have Booked Planes
He also reiterated government’s commitment to revive the Uganda Airlines.
“We have already booked slots for the manufacture of medium and long – distance planes,” revealed Museveni.
“These will be able to handle the regional and inter-national routes.”
The president added that the revival of the airline would serve Ugandans fad for travel.
“Ugandans have an itch in their feet. They like to travel, to Dubai, to China,” noted Museveni.
“Besides, we have a large Diaspora that run away during the bad times; they are too comfortable where they are and never bother to come back, permanently. Nevertheless, they regularly travel back to see their families.”
Uganda Airlines would also help boost Uganda’s tourism.
“We have the tourists and also the investment and business delegations. All these need convenient mode of travel from London, from Dubai or from a point in China,” said Museveni.
“This is not to talk of regional destination – Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Bujumbura, Arusha, Juba, Khartoum, Kinshasa, Addis-Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg.”