By Odaka Asuman
I’d refused to comment on the hullabaloo of importing the Cuban doctors until i realized something wasn’t being discussed about the issue.
Three areas need to be highlighted to put the issue into perspective.
When Mr. Museveni came to power, most professionals had fled the country, medical sector was one of the most hit.
Mr. Museveni quickly ran to Cuban & asked Cuba’s Fidel Castro for 100 doctors but instead Mr. Castro offered to give him grant to construct a teaching hospital so that Uganda can train its own doctors other than importing them.
This is how we got Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST). It also explains why the first medical trainers at MUST were Cubans nationals.
30+ years now we wouldn’t be talking about importing but exporting the doctors. Instead we are all talking as if nothing happened without remembering anything; instead we should put Mr. Museveni to task why…
Secondly, our doctors are not only asking for salaries but fair working conditions and availability of tools of trade.
To my dismay, i saw Mr. Museveni basterdising the conversation by shamelessly telling us how he is the lowest paid government worker (yet just a year ago he told us that he is not anybody’s worker).
If our doctors were given just 0.002 of the facilities given to Mr. Museveni, none would ask for a salary.
The third and most important issue is discussing the issue as if it’s isolate. Uganda is suffering from multi-organic failure.
If you import the Cuban doctors because the Ugandan ones are your enemies, then you will need to import the Cuban prosecutors, Cuban judges, Cuban teachers, Cuban traders, Cuban taxi drivers, Cuban students, Cuban boda boda, in fact you will import Cuba itself and the problem will not be solved yet it’s cheaper to import “Cuban president”.
Because he makes things work, Cuban President will train doctors, he will build institution, and he will fight corruption, nepotism, and tribalism.
He will make our education work, he will make our health sector work, and he will not boast of substandard roads because he will make good ones, he will not favor foreigners, the Cuban president will not give our national asset to his family members and cronies, the Cuban president will not tax Ugandan to poverty, and he won’t rent support. The Cuban president will be cheaper to maintain.
Mr. President, just import the Cuban President.
THE AUTHOR IS A FORMER MP CANDIDATE, TORORO MUNICIPALITY
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