By Max Patrico Ocaido
Parliament has paid tribute to a team of doctors from Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago for successfully performing the first ever coronary bypass surgery in Uganda.
Last month, a team of more than 10 medical experts conducted the heart surgery that lasted about 10 hours and involved stopping the heart of the patient to repair affected blood vessels around the heart muscles.
While paying tribute to the medical experts for this milestone, MPs asked government to give the team a special ‘handshake’ for the job well done.
“These people (Doctors) should be given a special reward, call it a handshake because they surely deserve it. They should also be given the money they want to help them conduct more of such surgeries to save our country from spending a fortune in specialized treatment abroad,” Judith Alyek, Kole Woman MP said.
The mover of the motion, Thomas Tayebwa (Ruhinda North) asked parliament to make an annual allocation of Shs10bn to the Uganda Heart Institute, successively for the next commencing from financial year 2018/19, to cater for improvement of the services at the Institute.
Soroti Municipality MP Herbert Ariko, who seconded the motion chest-thumped for the recommendable job from the Heart Institute doctors, three of whom are from Teso sub region where he hails.
As a member of the budget committee, Kasssanda South MP Patrick Oshabe Nsamba said that he will not hesitate to lobby for the required monies that the Institute may need. He also applauded the professional working standards of staff at the Institute.
“If only the work ethics at the Heart institute is replicated by all other health sectors then I think we would gain a lot. This is the line where we would want to be given a priority in funding,” Nsamba said.
Jack Wamai Wamanga, Mbale Municipality MP said that there was no need wasting a lot of money on heart surgeries abroad yet “our own people here can do the job, let’s give them money they want. In fact these people should be given medals.”
The recognized medical experts include; Prof. Francis Omaswa the founder of lnstitute, Dr. John Omagino, the Institute Executive Director, the lead surgeons Dr. William Manyiliarah and Dr. Tom Mwambu, anesthesiologists Cephas Mijumbi, Joseph Ejoku, Intensivist Lameck Ssemogerere, lead theatre nurse Gertrude Mundur, lead ICU nurse Ann Oketayot and perfusionist Pascaline Muraa.