We didn’t order Victoria hospital to stop treating shot traffic officer, says UPDF
Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces(UPDF) has said the force is still treating Robert mukebezi, a traffic officer at UMC Victoria hospital, refuting media reports that the force ordered the hospital to stop treating shot officer.
This followed a report by Daily Monitor that UPDF allegedly ordered UMC Victoria Hospital to stop treating a traffic officer, who was shot by one of their soldiers, on their medical account.
This is the police Constable who was shot in the leg in January and subsequently the injured leg was later amputated.
In a statement, the UPDF spokesperson, Brig Felix Kulayigye, said when Mukebezi was unfortunately shot and gravely injured by one of their member of the UPDF on January 16 2022, the force immediately undertook to facilitate his treatment at Victoria Hospital with whom the institution already has a running contract for specialized medical care for its personnel on a referral system.
“Mukebezi was therefore admitted at Victoria Hospital the same day. Unfortunately, the injury was grave and led to amputation of his right leg. The treatment continued until 25th April 2022 when he was discharged and instructed to continue visiting the hospital for periodic review as an outpatient,” he said.
Kulayigye said the patient has since visited the hospital for review on appointment thrice; on March 12 2022, on April 16 2022 and on April 23 2022.
“The specialists attending to him have reported tremendous improvement and he is on course to recovery. The treatment plan is to provide him with a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) after six months since amputation, which period has not yet elapsed,” said Kulayigye
Kulayigye further noted that all the costs of treatment including the artificial limb are being footed by the UPDF and the service provider, Victoria Hospital has not registered any complaint from the patient regarding his treatment.
Mukebeezi’s troubles started on the morning of January 16, when he was sent to recover the wreckage of a military SUV which had knocked a Kobil Petrol Station signpost on Ntinda-Kiwatule road. The soldiers, who were in the car, fled the scene leaving the car behind.
However, while towing away the car, Mukebezi was intercepted by three UPDF soldiers travelling in a military double cabin pickup truck.
After an altercation between the soldiers and Mukebezi, one of them shot him in the leg and the trio sped away leaving the injured officer on the roadside. After the incident, the army promised to take care of Mr Mukebezi’s medical bills.