Uganda: Butaleja Health Workers Subject Patients to Forced Circumcision

By Max Patrick Ocaido

PARLIAMENT. Patients in Butaleja and other neighbouring districts are distressed after health workers subjected them to forced circumcision in exchange for medical care.

The complaint was raised on the floor of Parliament by West Budama North MP, Okoth Othieno who requested Parliament to compel Ministry of Health to explain why the health workers at Busolwe General Hospital in Butaleja District are forcing parents to circumcise their boys, in exchange for medical treatment.

“What is happening is that when mothers carry their children to Busolwe hospital, the health workers force the children to be circumcised and those who refuse to have their children circumcised are denied medical services. This amounts to imposing an alien culture to my people. Why is the Ministry of Health imposing an alien culture of compulsory circumcision on the people of West Budama North?” Othieno said.

Busolwe General Hospital in Butaleja District, also handles patients from other districts, including Tororo, Namutumba and Budaka.

In her ruling, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga asked the Ministry of Health to investigate the matter and report back to Parliament.

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