byarugaba baterana biography
Who is Dr Byarugaba Baterana?

Who is Dr Byarugaba Baterana? Flash Uganda Media looks at his biography, age, early life, wife, education, family, State House Health Monitoring Unit, Work and Experience of the former Executive Director of Mulago Hospital Kampala.

Dr Byarugaba Baterana born in 1961, is a Ugandan business executive, banker, and former Executive Director of Mulago Hospital Kampala the largest hospital in Uganda.

Work and Experience

Dr Byarugaba Baterana was appointed by H.E. the President of the Republic of UgandaYoweri Kaguta Museveni in 2010 to improve services at Mulago hospital and fight corruption that had engulfed the hospital replacing Dr Edward Ddumba (late) who served the hospital from 2006-2010. 

The late Dr Ddumba was also sacked for mismanagement of funds meant to purchase essential drugs for the treatment of special diseases such as diabetes, heart, and cancer accusations.

Dr Baterana has been replaced by his deputy Dr Rosemary Byanyima after his sacking by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Dr Diana Atwine over allegations related to mismanagement of Mulago hospital.

Dr Baterana’s sacking followed his arrest by the State House Health Monitoring Unit on Tuesday 1st March 2022 at Mulago Hospital premises and detained at Jinja Road Police Station.

State House Health Unit head, Dr Warren Naamara stated that Baterana’s arrest was to help in the investigations into the alleged mismanagement of the hospital.

His arrest followed the arrest of four individuals in January 2022 in connection with the ongoing investigations into fraudulent deals, at Mulago hospital amounting to 20.5 billion Uganda Shillings.

Dr Baterana of mulago hospital Suspended Immediately
Due to ongoing investigations into management issues, the Mulago hospital Executive Director, Dr Byaruhanga Baterana, has been suspended with immediate effect. PHOTO/NEW VISION

Dr Baterana was found guilty after an audit report from the unit cited irregular recruitment of two firms in 2016 that used faked documents to enable them to win a tender to provide services at Mulago hospital.

Further, Namara noted that Mulago hospital failed to give an account for missing payment vouchers amounting to 5bn shillings including 974million that was spent between July 2019 and June 2021.

He was also tasked to explain how two private pharmaciesFirst Pharmacy and Ecopharm were allowed to operate within Mulago hospital despite the government’s directive stopping its operation within.

He was then charged with embezzlement and abuse of office and causing financial loss to the government. The above-mentioned crimes were committed in the last four years causing the government a loss of 28 billion shillings.

However, during the handover ceremony held at Mulago Hospital, Baterana was so proud of the changes he made at Mulago hospital in the last 11 years he served the health facility.

During his tenure, the first oxygen plant in Uganda since independence was built, in 2012. 

Before, Uganda imported oxygen from her neighbour Kenya and also depended on industry oxygen. The plant was extended to Kiruddu and Kawempe regional referral hospitals.

Baterana also oversaw the construction of a housing unit for Mulago hospital staff for the first time. And also the construction of the Specialized Women’s Hospital of 453-bed capacity plus two operation theatres.

Specialized Women’s Hospital originally was planned to be Mulago Hospital’s maternal unit, but later on, it was transformed into a hospital of its own.

He also fought for Mulago land that was in the hands of grabbers. Baterana also equipped the hospital and increased the number of Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit beds including the ongoing renovation service at the hospital.

Baterana also made sure that the small budget allocated to Mulago Hospital operated Kiruddu and Kawempe hospitals without causing any health crisis in the country.