The President of the Uganda Medical Association (UMA), Dr Ekwaro Obuku has been attacked by thugs suspected to have been robbers, leaving him injured. Reports confirmed by Police say he was attacked by robbers on Wednesday night while he was driving into his residence in Kitikifumba, Kiira in Wakiso district.
Dr Obuku had stopped at his gate at around 11 pm waiting for the gate to be opened when five thugs pounced on his car and assaulted him before taking off with his valuables.
They threw huge stones at his windscreen and ordered him to get out.
Dr Byakika UMA Vice President explained that Obuku sustained head injury and bled profusely. He was rushed to CASE hospital where he’s currently undergoing treatment in the Intensive Care Unit.
Dr Obuku was elected UMA president in September 2017 and is expected to serve until 2019. Obuku joined the leadership of UMA in 2013 as publicity and mobilisation secretary.
He was later elected secretary general. Dr Obuku dominated the media during the recent medical doctor’s strike because of his outspokenness on health workers welfare and working conditions.
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.