Troubled Minister Moriku Back to Work

The Minister of State for Health (Primary Health Care) Hon. Dr. Joyce Moriku Kaducu, 48, has returned to work after a protracted battle with a deadly respiratory ailment.

Cabinet this week welcomed Moriku “upon recovery from the ailment that had kept her away from office since November, 2017,” according to ICT and Information Minister Frank Tumwebaze.

Moriku last year suffered a respiratory system failure, leading to her admission at Mulago Referral Hospital.

He was later transferred to International Hospital Kampala (IHK) and later abroad for specialized treatment.

It was alleged the Minister had fallen victim to poisoning, a claim government dismissed as groundless.

A pediatrician, academic and politician, Moriku was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016, replacing Sarah Achieng Opendi, who became State Minister for Health, General Duties.

She also serves as the elected Member of Parliament for Moyo District Women Representative in the 10th Parliament (2016 to 2021).

Between 2003 and 2005, she worked as the medical coordinator for The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO), based in Gulu.


From 2005 until 2008, she worked as a Senior House Officer at Mulago National Referral Hospital.

Moriku also served as Medical Director, for one year at Mildmay Clinic on Entebbe Road, from 2008 until 2009.

From 2010 until 2015, she worked as a lecturer in pediatrics at Gulu University and concurrently served as a consultant pediatrician at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital.

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