Ugandan Health Minister: Gays will not face discrimination in accessing healthcare
Uganda’s health minister says gay citizens will not be discriminated against when accessing healthcare despite the signing into law of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told the Associated Press on Wednesday that a clause which would have required medical workers to report gay Ugandans to police was removed from the bill.
“All people whether they are sexual orientation as gays or otherwise are at complete liberty to get full treatment and to give full disclosure to their doctors and nurses,” he told the BBC.
Mr Rugunda added: “And by the way, health workers will live up to their ethics of keeping confidentiality of their patients.”
Politicians and campaigners around the world have strongly criticised President Yoweri Musevni for signing Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
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In 2011, Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was killed after his name appeared in a similar list published by the now-defunct Ugandan Rolling Stone magazine, calling for the execution of gay people.