Members of Parliament have asked government to improve on health facilities around the country so that people do not have to travel abroad to seek better health care.
This was during a special sitting to pay tribute to the late Hon. Annie Logiel, Woman MP for Moroto district today, Friday 24th February, 2017, who died in Denmark where she had gone for treatment.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga in her remarks, said that Logiel who was a committed Member of Parliament had informed her of her grave condition prior to her travel for treatment. "Both of us were aware that Annie would either make it through surgery or not," Kadaga said.
The Leader of Opposition, Hon. Winnie Kiiza (FDC, Kasese district) said that Logiel was a hardworking, courageous and loyal person who always advocated for a better health system. She added that Logiel was determined to see mothers giving birth and the children remain alive in a well run health system.
"As we debate let us consider our health system; we have many that are ill-equipped. A better healthcare is important for a healthy population. Logiel dreamt of better health services and good working conditions for health workers," Kiiza said.
Kiiza said that Parliament hoped to tap into Logiel's expertise as a trained Nurse to contribute to a better health sector in the Budget Appropriation process.
"Let's talk about the improvement of the health sector so that we do not lose our people to poor health facilities and ill-equipped health workers," Kiiza said.
Hon. Jenipher Namuyangu (NRM, Kabweri County), the Minister of State for Local Government, said that Logiel had the heart for her people. "Logiel rose through the ranks as a Registered Nurse to a high professional level in the Nursing profession but continued to serve her people in the Karamoja region. She was a committed to delivering better health care for her people," Namuyangu said.
Hon. Jalia Bintu (NRM, Masindi Woman) said that the government needs to take keen interest in finding out and curbing brain tumors.
"Some of these issues and diseases can be mitigated, so I urge the government to look into the matter. People keep dying from tumors," Bintu said.
Prof. Morris Ogenga Latigo (Agago North) said that the government needed to do something about the rampant deaths of important figures. "As we are eulogizing the death of an important political and medical figure we need to think about the Health Sector in Uganda today," Latigo said.
Jacquiline Amongin (NRM, Ngora Woman) added that Logiel used to advocate for raising the voice on health.
"We still have very many health related issues despite all the provisions to promote health. The majority of Ugandans cannot afford to get the medical attention Logiel got in Denmark. Let's rise to the occasion by putting health concerns in the agenda in whatever work we do," Amongin said.
Furthermore, Hon. Nathan Mandala Mafabi (Budadiri West) said that Members of Parliament need to demonstrate on these issues of health.
"Why do we need to take people abroad to get treatment? What is being done in South Africa and India that cannot be done here? We need to do something about our health facilities," Mafabi said.
Hon. Annie Logiel died of brain tumor complication on Tuesday 14th February, in Denmark. She was a professional Nurse and has been serving as the woman MP for Moroto and the Vice Chairperson of the Health Committee and a member of the HIV Committee until her death.
Source: Parliament of Uganda