The Government of Uganda has agreed to release Ugx 44.9 billion to cater for lunch allowances that was pledged by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to nurses and Midwives.
The release of the money comes amid threats of an industrial strike by the nurses and midwives after the Government delayed to release the money they worked for 22 days during COVID 19 pandemic climax.
Whereas President Museveni pledged that each Nurse and midwife be paid Ugx 15,000, the Ministry of Finance yesterday agreed to release Ugx 10,000 for each of the aggrieved parties.
The release of the funds comes after intense negotiations between the Government and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union to find a solution to the impending strike which was in the offing.
The negotiations were mediated by the Prime Minister Rt Hon Dr Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda and was attended by the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Hon Matia Kasaija, the Minister of State for Health in Charge of Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu and the leadership of the Nurses and Midwives Union with National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU).
According to a statement issued after the meeting, it was agreed that the money be reduced by Ugx 5,000 and modalities be put in place to immediately pay it.
During the meeting, the nurses and midwives were commended and recognized in their fight against COVID 19 for the work well done to deliver health services to all Ugandans.
It was therefore agreed that the leaders of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union call off the strike and Government immediately finds the money within means of the legal framework governing public finances to pay them.
It was also agreed that the balance of the funds be provided for in the 2022/2023 financial year and be paid to the affected medical workers.
By the time of filing this story, the Chairman of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union Justus Cherop had announced that they have called off the industrial action.