News reaching our editorial desk confirm that Health Minister, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, is set to take a re-run in the electoral race for the Lira Woman parliamentary seat as the 2021 scientific elections heat up.
In a video posted on Sunday, July 5th, 2020, the former Director General of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health declared to stand in for the Woman MP seat come 2021.
“I want to declare openly that I’m taking up a political position as a representative of the Women in Lira district and I will contest for the position under the Movement ticket. I thank the People of Lango for their great Love and support.
The current Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim (UPC), will face stiff competition from Dr Aceng who has won countrywide fame over her handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the country yet to register any death.
Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng (born 11 May 1968), is a Ugandan pediatrician and politician. She is the Minister of Health in the Cabinet of Uganda. She was appointed to that position on 6 June 2016. Before that, from June 2011 until June 2016, she served as the Director General of Medical Services in the Ugandan Ministry of Health.
Ruth Aceng attended Shimoni Primary School in Kampala, Nabisunsa Girls Secondary School and holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, a Master of Medicine in Pediatrics, and a Master of Public Health, all from the Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She also holds a Diploma in Health Systems Management awarded by the Galilee International Management Institute, in Israel.