By Alex Balimwikungu
Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament, MP Betty Nambooze Bakireke returned back to Uganda after acquiring specialized medical treatment from United States of America.
She returned back home for the very first time walking ably without the assistance of crutches after spending nearly 6months in America acquiring specialized treatment as a result of the injuries she got way back in 2017.
With a smile etched on her face, Nambooze who has been away for the past six months was seen with her husband clearing their luggage at Entebbe Airport as they returned home.
Speaking to the media at her home in Mukono Municipality, “Madam Teacher” vowed to kick start her official duties with the mobilization of fellow opposition MPs to go and back up Hon Francis Zaake as he appears before the Rules committee of Parliament because the matter he was raising about the abductions of Ugandans affects all people country wide.
In June 2022 Nambooze was cleared by the Medical Board to travel to the United States for treatment.
The breakthrough came after the intervention of the Speaker of Parliament Annet Anita Among who directed the Medical Board to fast-track her clearance as she needed urgent attention.
This came after Nambooze had been confined to Lubaga hospital where she was rushed after numerous falls at her home in Mukono.
In August, the US hospital where Nambooze was receiving treatment wrote to the speaker of parliament indicating that the MP might stay longer than anticipated.
In a letter dated August 3 to the speaker of parliament Anita Among, Bellevue Hospital Medical Centre through Nambooze’s physician Prof Allen Keller said that the legislator needed to undergo extensive evaluation before she could be discharged.
“My particular expertise is in caring for survivors of torture, a category in which she falls. Over the past several years, [her] health has deteriorated as a consequence of injuries she suffered to the spine in 2017 as well as subsequent surgeries she underwent with limited success.” Keller’s one-paged letter which is also copied to the clerk to parliament and Mulago hospital reads.
Keller added that Nambooze required extensive and likely prolonged evaluation and treatment with the aim of restoring her health. This includes the possibility of her having to undergo additional procedures. The letter added that although Nambooze’s condition was extremely poor by the time she was admitted, she had been responding well to treatment.