31 January 2013

Uganda: MP Kyanjo Off to the UK for Treatment

Ailing Makindye West MP Hussein Kyanjo has finally travelled to the United Kingdom for specialized treatment.

Kyanjo, who suffers from a serious condition called Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder, in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures and difficulty in talking, is expected to stay in the UK for one month. The disorder may be hereditary or caused by other factors such as birth-related or other physical trauma, infection, poisoning (e.g., lead poisoning) or reaction to pharmaceutical drugs, particularly neuroleptics.

Treatment is difficult and has been limited to minimizing the symptoms of the disorder, since there is no cure available. Parliament contributed towards Kyanjo's travel expenses.

"When an MP falls sick, Parliament gets them the money to cover the medical bills and allowances for an attendant; so, we gave Hon Kyanjo over Shs 100m and cleared his travel documents," House spokesperson Hellen Kawesa explained.

On January 11, 2013, Kyadondo East MP Ssemujju Ibrahm Nganda and Betty Nambooze (Mukono municipality) revealed that Kyanjo was looking for Shs75 million to cover his medical costs in UK.

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