The story about the late Dr Byarugaba affecting 782 female patients with HIV is tragic beyond words. Just imagine the multiplier effects of his barbarity? Men, women, children have been infected and left to die at the hands of a doctor, think about that. .
Now you ask how women in Uganda can be protected. For a start, the Uganda medical Association MUST wake up and mandate that any male doctor, but especially male Obstetricians CANNOT examine women without the presence of female nurse. No female nurse, no examination period. And this message should be broadcast on all FM radios in Uganda as a public service. Women patients CANNOT opt out that they be seen by male O& G doctors without a nurse. The rule has to be clear, no nurse in the room and we mean for the entire duration of the examination. The doctors must understand the consequences if they violated such rules.
I assume Dr Byarugaba was some addicted obstetrician. Uganda Medical Association has to help Ugandan women who are in some cases are at the mercy of their G& O doctors. Let me be clear: most G& O doctors in Uganda are unethical and routinely (emphasis added) sleep with their patients either in their clinic or outside office. This brings me to the next suggestion.
Ugandan women should where possible stay away from male G& O male doctors. Why? Because old habits die hard. The safest way for Ugandan women is to go and see fellow women G & O specialists. In such cases, the presence of the female nurse would not be necessary although now with this bisiyaga behaviour it may still be necessary. There are more Byarugabas out there. There was another case in Jinja where one left a list of 50 women he had infected with HIV/AIDS including women of prominent people including the Church in Busoga.
The other suggestion is for Mulago and the other medical schools to give priority to women doctors when it comes to specializing in G & O. Supply has to be increased to save Ugandan women from addicted doctors.
That is what happens in the West. Ask male doctors who choose G & O about their chances of being matched. Almost nil. Although now some claim that with too much litigation, they would rather stay away from G& O. The women in the West have sued the Byarugabas big time. But the trouble in Uganda is that our people sleep on their rights. When was the last time you read in the papers about someone being sued for negligence or abuse of office?
Further, how many doctors (read professionals) get disciplined by UMA or their respective professional’s bodies. How many doctors have lost their licenses to practice medicine? How many have been suspended? UMA may not even have a disciplinary panel to discipline the Byarugabas out there. They should wake up. Hello Mr. Gudoi.
And of course you folks in UAH should tell your wives/sisters/nieces to shun male G& O in Uganda and urge them to go and see only female ones. It is the best thing you could ever do to save your female relatives from the Byarugaba out there.
Make no mistake Byarugaba is not an exception, but more or less the norm. That is the sad, but true situation in Uganda. Ethics died long ago.
Finally, the women should still sue the estate of the late murder doctor Byarugaba, UMA, the Ministry of Health and Attorney General of Uganda for damages. They need to be helped by pro-bono lawyers-not sure there are any in Uganda, but a message has to be sent. May be FIDA can help with litigation.
Please those who have FIDA and UWONET’s contact send it to them with view to suing the bodies that went AWOL as Byarugaba terrorized and infected women at will.
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