Uganda: Government Spends Shs10 Billion Treating 140 Officials

The government has over the past three years spent at least Shs10.08 billion ($2.8m) on the treatment of 140 senior government officials abroad, according to Auditor General John Muwanga’s report for the period ending December 2016. The VIPs’ treatment abroad on the recommendation of the ministry of Health’s Medical Board cost taxpayers an average of Shs72 million for every official. This apparently excluded the cost of air tickets, upkeep and expenditure on attendants. The 140 officials, according to the report, received specialised treatment for heart and kidney conditions, eye problems, cancer, and diabetes, in hospitals in Kenya, South Africa, India, China, and United States in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Six of the officials were referred for treatment of intestinal-liver complications; nine for eyesight issues; 14 for ailments related to bones, muscles and joints; 13 for heart conditions; 22 for cancer; 30 for kidney, and 46 for complications related to the nerves, spinal cord and brain.

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