MORE DETAILS EMERGE: IS IGP OKOTH OCHOLA UNWELL AND ABROAD FOR TREATMENT?

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IGP Okoth Ochola.




Reports about the current health of the Uganda Police Force boss, Inspector General of Police (IGP) John Martins Okoth Ochola have finally attracted the attention of police leadership after days of being tight-lipped about the matter.









The reports indicating that Ochola is unwell and has been flown abroad for treatment have now been refuted by the force’s spokesperson, Senior Commissioner of Police-SCP Fred Enanga saying much as Ochola had an eye check-up at Argawal Hospital along Lumumba Avenue, “he was examined, treated and advised to take seven days rest at home, and he is reachable physically and on the phone.”







Enanga says the force’s Director of Legal and Human Rights Services has taken legal action against media houses circulating such false and misleading reports, describing them as “unfounded” claims and speculation. More reports including by New Vision (a government-linked newspaper on July 12, 2023) claim that the 65 years old Ochola was recently flown out of the country for medical treatment, accompanied by the police surgeon and his personal assistant, which the law enforcement body has denied as false.




In 2021, Ochola developed “hypertension, after hearing with shock, the sudden demise of his former Deputy, Lt. Gen. Paul Lokech who succumbed to blood clot at the age of 55 shortly after falling off a plastic chair at home on August 21, 2021. Police said Ochola’s condition was not life-threatening after it was effectively managed by both his personal doctor and the police surgeon. His recent public appearance was on June 29, 2023 on the pipping ceremony of some senior police officers promoted by President Museveni.




INSIDE THE POOR SERVIVES: There are inadequate police doctors to support the intersection of medicine and legal services (medico-legal services), with only 36% (10 out of 28 police regions across the country) staffed with police doctors, according to the 2022 police health report.












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