Uganda Doctors’ Strike Paralyses Public Hospitals Countrywide

Patients in public hospitals all over the country were stranded after doctors decided to strike over low pay. The strike paralysed health services in all public hospitals in the country.

Mulago Hopsital

The sit down was declared on Monday by Uganda Medical Association (UMA) at their annual general assembly held at Makerere University College of Health Sciences in Mulago, Kampala.

Doctors want the government to increase salaries and duty allowances of health professionals, review the supply chain and management of medicines, vaccines and medical supplies, as well as disband the State House Medicine and Health Service Delivery Monitoring Unit.

The strike has affected all wards in different hospitals, with patients left to their own devices.

However, on Wednesday, the minister of Health, Jane Ruth Aceng, said government will maintain the current salaries of all medical workers in the country until a comprehensive salary structure review of all public servants.

Aceng disclosed this at press conference held at the government owned Media Center on the ongoing strike by medical doctors across the country.

The health workers want government to increase the salary of medical interns from Shs 960,000 to Shs 8.5 million. They also want medical and teaching assistants to earn Shs 15 million, get a two-bedroom house and a 2.5cc vehicle.

They also want government to pay a senior consultant doctor or professor Shs 48 million including allowances; provide them a five-bedroom house, 4.0cc vehicle and three domestic workers. Currently, a senior consultant doctor earns about Shs 3.4 million, consultant Shs 2.6 million, and a medical officer Shs 1.1 million.

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