Health workers employed in various public health facilities in Hoima have this morning joined their counterparts nationwide for a protest decrying government’s failure to increase their salaries and improve their welfare. These include doctors, nurses, midwives, consultants, medical interns and pharmacists.
At least more than 1,850 health workers employed in various public health facilities are taking part in the protest according to Uganda Medical Association- UMA.
In Hoima, Dr Denis Bitamazire a surgeon at Hoima Regional Referral Hospital and a member of UMA says the strike is to affect health service delivery but as medics they have no option but to lay down their tools until the government fulfills their demands.
Bitamazire says UMA wants government to restock all hospitals with medicines and supplies, and increase wages for all health professionals.
UMA has proposed raising salaries for intern medical doctors (the lowest level) from UGX 960,000 to 8.5 million and senior consultant doctors (the highest level) from UGX 3.4 million to 48 million shillings.
The union also wants additional housing and transportation allowances for all health professionals.
According to the President of UMA, Dr. Samuel Odongo Oledo, the health workers have over the past four years engaged relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to discuss matters affecting them. But the government has been making promises which have not been fulfilled.