August 11, 2015

Iranians Boost Ugandan Police Medicare

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), General Kale Kayihura has hailed the Iranian embassy for their tireless effort towards improving the livelihoods of the people of Uganda especially the Uganda Police through improving on their Medicare, security, and self sustainability.

Iranian Ambassador-Dr. Amir Kossein Nikbin (3rdR)   exchanging the MoU papers with General Kale Kayihura (L)  at Naguru on   Monday (Photo by Stuart Yiga).
Iranian Ambassador-Dr. Amir Kossein Nikbin (3rdR) exchanging the MoU papers with General Kale Kayihura (L) at Naguru on Monday (Photo by Stuart Yiga).

“Although the Naguru Medicare Clinic Project has taken long than it was planned, it’s good that finally the results have been reaped. Besides, Azad University has promised to give scholarships to Ugandans as part of the cooperation between the Police, and the Ministry of Health on behalf of the Ugandans government which is a very recommendable job,” Kayihura said while signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a delegation from Iran at Police headquarters in Naguru on Monday, this week.

“This project is unique because it is into the concept of Police policing. It will help police and its families as well as the communities actually including the crime preventers,” said Kale Kayihura.

He also added that a state of art health care centre shall be constructed by Iran and it will run on a Private Partnership basis in addition to another health scheme.

“Iranian medical centers are second to none its world Standard, their medicine is not the type we get from some of the places which I don’t want to mention. This is something we must celebrate as a country. Even those who will be paying, it will much lower compared to some hospitals that we have here in Uganda,” Kayihura added.

Kayihura added that, Police is currently building a cancer centre, working closely with an Indian firm; “Getting things done/implemented is one of the biggest challenges that African countries face but given the fact that we have signed this MoU, we have hope in you that you will fulfill whatever we have agreed on in time,” Kayihura added.

“Am here to convey our commitment towards helping Ugandans by offering Medicare expertise that will see costs of living  reduced especially for patients who have been spending a lot of money going abroad for medication. The moment the five star health facility will be accomplished as one of the area of interest for cooperation; this tertiary care institution will handle a big range of diseases that disturbs Ugandans,” said Amb. Dr.  Amir Hossein Nikbin.

Iranian Ambassador-Dr. Amir Kossein Nikbin (2ndL) looks on   as  General Kale Kayihura (L) signed on the MoU    at Naguru on Monday   (Photo by Stuart Yiga)
Iranian Ambassador-Dr. Amir Kossein Nikbin (2ndL) looks on as General Kale Kayihura (L) signed on the MoU at Naguru on Monday (Photo by Stuart Yiga)

He also disclosed that there is an urgent need for cooperation to combat the situation in regard to the big Global threat of terrorisms and extremisms that has spread right from the Middle East to Africa, North, South and Western world.

Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Asuman Lukwago appealed to General Kayihura also to liaise with Iran so that they can to copy their ambulance system since police is ever the first at the scenes of accidents. In addition, he also told the Iranians to stay calm that with Uganda’s liberal economy, saying that, Uganda will work closely with them as it has always done with other big countries like USA especially in Shared security and shared prosperity.

ABOUT THE MoU

In 2010, a memorandum of understanding was signed between Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kahamba Kuteesa on behalf of the government of Uganda and Dr. Sadegh Khalilian, the Jihad Agriculture of the Iranian government on health cooperation on building of ‘Iran-Uganda Friendship Clinic’ in Naguru. Upon its completion, On Monday, this week, the medical facility was officially handed over to Police and a fresh MoU that will see the Azad University (Isfahan) equip and manage the health facility but working closely with Uganda Police Force and the Health Ministry.

Iranian Ambassador-Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic o Iran in Uganda (Dr. Amir Hossein Nikbin), Dr. Asuman Lukwago on behalf of the Ministry of Health, General Kale Kayihura, on behalf of the Uganda Police Force, and Dr. Ahmad Ali Foroughghi, Chancellor of the Islamic Azad University of Isfahan

Entered into a comprehensive MoU Commander in Chief of the Iranian Police visited Uganda and even met M7. Later, a delegation of Police Doctors from Iran also visited Uganda to make needs assessment on how to improve the medical care to of the Police and their families. In spite of the difficulties they have gone through, Iranians have showed commitment to assist Uganda in a number of fields of importance.

General Kale Kayihura (7thR) posing in a group photo with   Iranian delegates after the signing of the Medicare MoU at Naguru on  Monday  (Photo by Stuart Yiga)
General Kale Kayihura (7thR) posing in a group photo with Iranian delegates after the signing of the Medicare MoU at Naguru on Monday (Photo by Stuart Yiga)

In 2007, IGP was part of the delegations that represented Uganda in the first engagement with Iranian government in a bid to create a binding cooperation relationship. At the beginning, Iran and the Ugandan government had agreed on a number of issues of issues of interest but things later came to a standstill because of the sanctions that were levied on them by the West.

The offer to set up a medical centre in Naguru was one of the affected projects until the sanctions were scraped off recently. According to Kayihura, in 2010, a foundation stone was laid at Police Headquarters Naguru until recently on Monday, when the facility was handed over officially to Police on behalf of the government of Uganda.

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