Kagadi Hospital Health Workers Strike over Salaries

The striking health workers at Kagadi Hospital

Kagadi Government Hospital Medical Workers in Kagadi District have staged a sit down strike over delayed salaries and poor working conditions at the Health facility.

Chimpreports spoke to the health workers on Tuesday morning, find  who were on a sit down strike and most of them revealed to have gone three months without pay yet no clear explanation has been given by the Hospital Administration and the office of the Chief Administration Officer.

The health workers say despite their endless responsibilities, web they have not received their pay since July.

They owe me about Shs. 980, site 000 now and I am 8months pregnant. I need care and I have children to look after, I can’t continue working without money,” Beatrice Ngonzi, an enrolled nurse at Kagadi Hospital said.

Kagadi Hospital

Kagadi Hospital

Oliva Orishaba, a clinical officer at Kagadi Hosital said the Hospital has three major challenges which include “a filthy working environment” with filled toilets and pit latrines, lack of security, and delayed payments among others called for a sit down strike to enable hospital administration to address the concern.

Specioza Nabukera, the Principal nursing officer at the Hospital who declined to give details about the challenges of the health facility said measures to address the concern are to be handled by the top
management and the office of the Chief Administrative officer.

However, efforts to get a comment from the Chief Administrative officer Kagadi District, Robert Abeniatwe was futile as he was not in office and could not pick our calls.

Dr. Olowo James, the Medical superintended who doubles as the acting District Health officer, could not divulge details of the strike as he was engaged in a meeting at the Health facility.

However the health workers say they will return to work only when the issues are sorted out.

Some patients interviewed by the Chimpreports said since Monday, they have not received medical services and some have been forced to discharge themselves due to ill health.

Some of the expectant mothers who were admitted in labor wards were also seen stranded waiting for midwives in vein.


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