As dust settles over the death of singer Mowzey Radio, I wish there is someone from the medical fraternity to help us chart a way forward through our triage system. Uganda’s world of medicine leaves a lot to desire.
Hospitals such as Nsambya, Mengo and Lubaga used to look at Mulago as a centre of excellence. For the little times I studied or practiced nursing in Mulago, all complications were referred to the specialists there. Not anymore!
The medicine in Uganda has developed so fast that one would like to know what new specialties have been introduced in these very many mushrooming hospitals. When you want an explanation on how Radio died, you need to hear it from an authority. But the Case hospital doctor who offered the explanation sounded like a clinical officer!
How do you give a doctor whose name is not anywhere on Google to explain such a complex and contentious death to the world? I understand Radio was transferred to Case from Nsambya.
What is the accepted triage system between these hospitals? What referral notes came out of Nsambya, for example? And what were the driving factors for Case hospital to take over this patient? Has Case hospital become a center of excellence as compared to our traditional Mulago? Someone should be in charge of death in Uganda.
Life is becoming so cheap in Uganda. Let me simulate for you how this scene would [partly] have played out in USA. Radio is assaulted in Entebbe; the first thing would have been a 911 call. The dispatch would have been police, fire engine and a fully equipped ambulance with a trauma team.
Three vehicles dispatched by the police team would arrive in place to secure the crime scene. At the scene, the highly mobile trauma team would take care of the victim while all the assessment is going on to save life. The team would know which hospital suits the circumstances.
At some place, the helicopter would be available, ready for a flight depending on the situation as assessed by the already-dispatched team. The police would remain in the bar to download images from the database for review.
Those transporting Radio would have been interested parties; insurance and paramedical legal teams whereby the crime scene runs right from the bar to the hospital, which potentially might be a new area of investigation. The immediate care given brings everyone into the law.
Yes, he needed an immediate surgery but even as the doctors go to open his brain or whatever, the medical legal team makes sure the surgeon is covered as the decision for surgery should not be among those that will be suspected to have caused death. And if surgery is the best option, the best or senior most surgeon leads this.
James William Mugeni,
Electricity regulators should be more vigilant
It has been reported that the biggest percentage of electricity metres (Yaka) that were tested by Uganda National Bureau of Standards between June and December 2017 are faulty.
This has made most Ugandans suspicious of Umeme, claiming that these meters run too fast compared to the actual units of electricity consumed by electricity users.
As Uganda is investing a lot of money in generation and transmission of electricity all over the country to attain the middle-income status by 2020, it is also very important to protect and defend consumer rights.
Poor Ugandans are being cheated indirectly, which is affecting national development. I call upon Uganda Electricity Regulatory Authority and the Uganda National Bureau of Standards to audit Umeme and protect the electricity consumer.
Change Uganda’s liberation days
Since independence, Ugandans have marked three rounds of ‘liberation’ days. The one after Idi Amin overthrew Milton Obote; then when Uganda National Liberation Army (UNLA) came to remove Amin.
Finally, every January 26, we celebrate another liberation day. On my calendar, it is indicated as NRM liberation day (and I think that is how it is in the national gazette), not a national liberation day.
The origin of these occasions we celebrate were not only very violent and bloody, they also pitted Ugandans against Ugandans. We are celebrating wanton destruction of property, atrocities and terrible abuses of human rights. In any case, none of these has produced true liberation, especially in the political sense.
They serve parochial, non-conciliatory and aim at non-healing of wounds inflicted on the nation. The utterances and songs sung now are divisive, insensitive and lack empathy.
Maybe the only likeness of liberation should be the Independence day. I suggest we replace NRM liberation day with a national day: a day where we reflect on failures, gains of our past and map out successes.
We can as well find a term in Kiswahili, English or local dialect to give such a day. Kenyans have Madaraka day while Tanzanians have Mapinduzi day; Americans and Canadians have Thanksgiving days. Ugandans would celebrate such a day together with their leaders, irrespective of their political affiliation or ethnicity.
Celebrate people when still alive
I don’t want to point fingers at anyone for the death of Mowzey Radio but I want to send a message to Ugandans and the world at large, especially public figures…
You can all bear me witness that a few hours after the disheartening news of Radios’ death, all radio and TV stations suddenly started playing nonstop music from the fallen legend, leave alone the newspapers trying to eulogise him.
There is totally nothing wrong with that, but why play his music after he is gone? Why prove his legendary status in his absence?
When he was amidst us, we only made it hard for him to shine! Fellow artistes looked to outshine him, others didn’t acknowledge him while some media houses always looked for his weaknesses to criticize; yet deep down, we all knew the kind of talent and heart he had for his country!
Now that he is gone, everybody is trying to show the amount of respect for him and the attachment they had to him! Funny humans!
Let us show people what they mean to their community before it is too late.
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