The President of the World Medical Association (WMA), Dr Yoshitake Yokokura has voiced concern over reports that detainees in Uganda are being tortured and denied access to specialised medical care, and says immediate measures are needed to allow doctors to provide medical care to those in need.
In a statement, Dr Yokokura said the WMA had received "appalling reports about a number of detainees in Uganda being tortured while under arrest and then denied access to medical attention, even when the Uganda Medical Association has offered to help them."
Dr Yokokura has written to Uganda’s Prime Minister to express the WMA’s concerns about what he described as "the pervasive practice of torture in Ugandan detention places".
The letter reinforces the call from the Uganda Medical Association to respect the rights of patients and to protect doctors documenting and denouncing torture in Uganda. "We call on you to act as a matter of priority to ensure effective access to comprehensive health care to those in need and to allow and ensure that physicians can follow their ethical duties to provide medical care in an undisturbed and professional manner without intimidation and repression," the letter states.