In this special report, our reporter comes out to justify our earlier published stories regarding the mismanagement of the covid crisis where Ministry of Health officials misallocated billions of money approved by the tenth parliament during the first phase of the covid fight in 2020.
In a tweet she published last year after receiving money to boost the health sector, Dr. Atwiine tweeted confidently that Ugandans were to have all their regional hospitals fully equipped with facilities.
“By the end of September 2020, all our 13 regional referral hospitals will be fully equipped with the state of art ICU equipment. Good news is that all the equipment landed yesterday at Entebbe airport from Israel and installation is ongoing,” she tweeted last year.
Atwiine’s tweet was meant to impress president Museveni that his 4200 ICU bed target would be hit. Surprisingly a year later, the country has less than 218 ICU beds to serve a population of 45 million Ugandans. In fact when he appeared in the recent covid address, president Museveni looked disappointed and castigated the MoH officials for failing to hit this target.
The IGG recent report on Covid funds shows that the MoH officials inflated the COVID-19 budget and misused the money for different purposes. Even the tents installed at Namboole as a covid centre were over valued. The entire facility was not well equipped to meet the standards of a hospital which is why it was initially closed.
Dr. Atwiine’s castle of lies is vast. Ugandan activists like Nana Mwafrika Mbarikiwa believe she is to blame for the worsened covid crisis. “Because of Atwiine’s greed, there are no vaccines, no oxygen in hospitals, no ambulances, no PPEs and risk allowances for medics, no ICU beds, no everything,” she says. Atwiine however recently came out to distance herself from the corruption allegations when she said that she has never stolen anything as alleged by bloggers on social media. “We are tired of being called thieves,” she said on the Big Talk Show on Nxt Radio. “Let me tell you, we do care about Ugandans. It’s unfair to call us insensitive,” she told Canary Mugume, the show moderator.