I Was Frustrated: Former Head of Mulago Radiotherapy Department Top story

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Dr Kigula said this in an exclusive interview with Uganda Radio Network. Kigula who worked at the institute from1992 told URN that he made a decision to retire in 2014 because his bosses were frustrating efforts to have a new machine after drawing their attention to the old machine that was evidently getting worn out.

Dr. Joseph Kigula, the former head of the Radiotherapy Department at Mualgo National Referral Hospital says he decided to go into early retirement after management frustrated his efforts to secure a new radiotherapy machine for the hospital. Kigula, who was posted to Mulago National Referral Hospital in 1992, took a decision to go into early retirement in 2014
 
He told URN in an exclusive interview on Thursday that he decided to quit after the hospital management turned down two opportunities to secure radiotherapy machines for his department. According to Kigula, between 2007 and 2011, the Radiotherapy department received 100 million US dollars  from government to purchase a new machine and build a bunker.

He however, says before they could sign the contract to procure a new radiotherapy machine and build a bunker, the then Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital, Dr Edward Ddumba was replaced with Dr Byarugaba Baterana. Kigula says that a day to the signing of the contract with Panacia construction company, an Indian firm, Byarugaba changed his mind citing a flawed procurement process.

According to Kigula, he didn't pursue the matter further because Byarugaba was his boss.
 
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Kigula says Mulago National Referral Hospital got another offer of USD 200,000 in 2011 from Kuk Jordan, a Canadian philanthropist to build the bunker but it was turned down by management.
 
 
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Kuk Jordan facilitates cancer patients to travel from their villages to Mulago National Referral Hospital for radiotherapy treatment. URN could not independently verify the offer by the Canadian philanthropist.
 
Byarugaba confirmed to URN that he canceled the contract to procure a new radiotherapy machine because of procurement flaws.
 

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He however, said he wasn't aware of the USD 200,000 offer from Kuk Jordan to construct a bunker at Mulago National Referral Hospital.


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Thousands of cancer patients in need of radiotherapy treatment are currently stuck following the break the radiotherapy machine at the Cancer Institute last month. According to the management, it will take about two years to construct the bunker and install a new machine.

 

About the author

Beatrice Nyangoma
Beatrice Nyangoma values her independence as a journalist. This was one of her major considerations before she became a URN staffer in 2015.

Nyangoma says, "I like URN because it gives me room to decide what stories I want to work on. That is so important to me."

The URN Jinja bureau chief since July 2016, Nyangoma considers health matters a beat close to her heart. One of the highlights of her career so far were her exclusive interviews unveiling the rot in Mulago hospital in early 2016.

Nyangoma started out writing for the Red Pepper newspaper in 2011 in her final year of university. She was majorly a health reporter. In 2012, Nyangoma moved to Top Television as a health, business reporter and weekend news editor. She was also the assistant editorial manager of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre FM (KRC FM).