- November 22, 2021
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Patients left stranded as health workers launch sit down strike
Patients who access medical services from government hospitals have been left stranded after arriving at the health facilities without health workers to attend to them.
This follows a nationwide industrial action by medical workers who on Sunday announced that they are laying down their tools over failure by the government to fulfil its promises in improving their working conditions and salary increments.
Through their Uganda Medical Association umbrella headed by their president Dr. Samuel Odongo Oledo, the health workers disclosed that they would effective today lay down their tools citing a span of grievances that date back to four years back. The doctors say they are tired of Museveni’s empty promises and unfulfilled pledges by the government.
“We don’t want signed papers, we don’t want promises, we don’t want meetings. This time all we want is money on our accounts or else we won’t come back to work,” Dr. Herbert Luswata, Secretary-General Uganda Medical Association said during a press briefing.
KCCA health facilities like the Kisenyi Health Centre IV and Kawaala Health Centre IV are all under a total shut down. Patients are seen queuing up in a scramble to access the hospital premises. In other facilities like Mulago and Kiruddu, only patients with emergencies and those on the HIV scheme are allowed access to the hospital premises.
At least 1,850 health workers under the government payroll have declared a sit-down strike. The Health Ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Ainebyoona however called upon the medical workers to be ‘patient’ noting that their issues are being handled by the government.
The doctors seek a salary increment of at least UGX 5m and their intern counterparts to at least UGX 2.5m