President Museveni Appoints Dr. Rosemary Byanyima as Executive Director of Mulago Hospital

President Museveni appoints Dr. Rosemary Byanyima as the new Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda, highlighting her track record of leadership and successful initiatives to improve healthcare management and service delivery.

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President Museveni Appoints Dr. Rosemary Byanyima as Executive Director of Mulago Hospital

President Museveni Appoints Dr. Rosemary Byanyima as Executive Director of Mulago Hospital

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed Dr. Rosemary Kusaba Byanyima as the new Executive Director of Mulago National Referral Hospital in Uganda. Dr. Byanyima replaces Dr. Baterana Byaruhanga, who was arrested in March 2022 on allegations of mismanagement.

Dr. Byanyima previously served as the deputy director of the hospital and is a seasoned consultant radiologist with an Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration. During her tenure as deputy director, she led initiatives to improve the hospital's operational efficiency and patient care quality.

The appointment comes after a successful kidney transplant was performed at the facility under Dr. Byanyima's leadership as acting Executive Director. This marked the first such procedure completed at Mulago Hospital.

Dr. Byanyima had been serving as acting Executive Director following the interdiction of her predecessor, Dr. Baterana Byarugaba, who was under investigation for allegations of abuse of office, embezzlement, causing financial loss, and fraudulent false accounting.

Why this matters: The appointment of Dr. Byanyima as Executive Director of Uganda's largest national referral hospital signals a focus on enhancing healthcare management and service delivery. Her track record of leadership and the successful kidney transplant performed under her guidance highlight the potential for continued improvements in patient care at the facility.

Colleagues have praised Dr. Byanyima as a dedicated professional with a strong commitment to accountability and attention to detail. Dr. Fred Nakwagala, the Clinical Head of the Directorate of Medicine at Mulago Hospital, commended her qualifications, experience, collaborative approach, and proactive efforts to address corruption within the hospital.

With over three decades of experience at Mulago Hospital, Dr. Byanyima played a vital role in managing the COVID-19 response, where the hospital successfully treated and discharged all admitted COVID-19 patients. Her leadership during the pandemic showcased her ability to navigate challenges and ensure the provision of quality healthcare services.

President Museveni's appointment of Dr. Byanyima is expected to bring continuity and stability to Mulago Hospital's operations. As Dr. Nakwagala stated, "We are very happy that at least the president has listened to our request and appointed a

Key Takeaways

  • Museveni appoints Dr. Rosemary Byanyima as Mulago Hospital's new ED.
  • Byanyima replaces Dr. Baterana Byaruhanga, arrested for mismanagement.
  • Byanyima led successful kidney transplant, a first for Mulago Hospital.
  • Byanyima praised for healthcare management, accountability, and COVID-19 response.
  • Appointment aims to enhance healthcare services and address corruption at Mulago.