Dr. Kizza Besigye believes ‘Once a doctor, always a doctor’!
Dr. Kizza Besigye has been a frequent voice and face on the national media, articulating on matters health, however, maintaining that health is politics because of the role it plays in peoples’ survival.
Despite stepping aside in the last Presidential elections, the opposition leader continues to engage the population on radios, TVs and social media. Dr. Besigye has been a regular face and voice briefing his supporters on the deadly Covid-19 pandemic that has infected several and killed a hundreds.
Dr. Kizza Besigye Monday morning appeared on NBS TV after what he felt was a misdirected message by the media on his deliberations last week on Covid-19.
The former 4 times President candidate justified his continued engagements of citizens on health issues.
Dr. Kizza Besigye argued: “We are always engaged in health, starting from daily greetings to emergencies. Health is politics, life is politics. Politics is how we manage our lives in society. Every aspect of our lives is politics.”
He bragged: “Once a doctor, always a doctor. You don’t only practice medicine by putting on a clinical coat or working in a health facility. You practice medicine every day of your life, starting by interpreting what is going on in your own body.”
Dr. Kizza Besigye explained: “Health is about prevention, not treatment, so you should invest in people not getting sick. We should have seen a plan to get people to access water and soap.”
The opposition powerhouse added: “At the least, taxes would have been removed on soap so people can easily access it. This is what should have been in the plan.”
Dr. Kizza Besigye on the lessons learnt from the pandemic, he said: “Covid-19 has just thoroughly exposed the situation. We just haven’t thought much about these things because God has been gracious.”
He added: “We need a fundamental reset in the health sector. These are things that won’t be done by this junta. I want the people of Uganda to understand what this country needs then we shall talk about how to get there.”
Dr. Besigye questioned: “What we are interrogating is not just #COVID19. It is what has been going on for decades. How can we be in a country without a food reserve?”
Award winning journalist and writer who has worked as a stringer for a couple of acclaimed South Africa based German journalists, covered 3 Ugandan elections, 2008 Kenya election crisis, with interests in business and sports reporting.