DAY 3: Mulago On Verge Of Breakdown Over Students' Strike


The goalie was blinded by the sun as he laboured to save a corner kick when the ball hit the cross-bar before rebouding off his head to shake the net.

The match was so sensitive as it determined who would finish top of Group B in the CECAFA Challenge Cup in Dar es Salam, malady rx Tanzania.

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Andy Mwesigwa was missing in action.

Cranes were out-matched in all departments thus allowing Burudni to steer clear to victory.

there geneva; font-size: small; mso-bidi-font-family: Verdana; mso-ansi-language: EN;”>The students have now issued new demands to be met before they return to work. One of them is that they also need their allowances which have been missing since August. Each gets Shs200,000 as facilitation for meals, accomodation and fare. The second demand is an increment in their salaries from Shs350,000 to Shs1m. Th students we talked to say they won’t return to work until all these issues are sorted out.

Numbering 180, the students have left Mulago on the verge of total breakdown due to lack of labour. Mulago publicist Dan Kimosho is tight-lipped on the matter.


The strike has put lives of thousands of patients at stake and stretched nurses to unbearable levels.

Our reporter Simon Mukama reports most pateints remain un-attended to while nurses have developed a hugely negative attitude as work demands wear them out.

He says the x-ray department is over-flooded and good samaritan security officials at the Referral hospital are running up and down with patients on stretchers.

The students say since August, they have never received their pay and will not retrun to work till their arrears are cleared.

According to one Annet, they are entitled to Shs350,000 per month.

“We are hugely overworked but we never get paid. How do we work for three months without a penny?” Annet charged.

“We shall not go back to work until government has wired our money on our bank accounts. We cannot,” she said.

According to information obtained, six students are required to take charge of a staggering 18 wards.

They are supposed to be guided by medical assistants and nurses. However, according to students, nurses deliberately absent themselves from work while medical assistants claim to be ‘busy with research’ thus rarely turning up.

“We do the donkey work. Someone needs to listen to our concerns,” another student Martin said.

The most affected wing of the strike is Renal Ward that caters for patients with kidney difficulties.

Efforts to reach the hospital’s publicist Dan Kimosho were futile as he insisted “I am in a meeting, please call me back.”

By press time, he was still “in a meeting.”

The development underlines the urgent need to address the poor pay of medical officers. Uganda loses over Shs5bn per year as doctors leave the country for greener pastures abroad.


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