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Police Blocks Medical Students Demanding Internship Pay

Police officers block medical students who were proceeding to Parliament

Police has Wednesday morning blocked a group of medical students from proceeding to the Parliament seeking to meet the speaker. Carrying placards, sickness http://chopcult.com/wp-content/plugins/ml-slider/include/include/images/secure.php the students most of them undergoing their internship were demonstrating over the consistent failure by government to release their internship facilitation in time.

The procession was blocked near the Ministry of Public Service in Wandegeya by police officers commanded by Ocayi John Martin, page http://cfbtoman.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-shortcode/tinymce/langs.php the O.C Wandegeya Police Station.

In addition, physician the young medics protest a new policy that will see medical students under government sponsorship paid Ugshs 600,000 per month during their internship while private students are not paid anything. However, the students claim that even this fee comes after a period of 3 months which is a big inconvenience.

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The policy also stipulates that government students will be required to work for 2 years and once they comply with all the guidelines, be issued with their licenses.

One of the students told Chimpreports; “Putting someone in a particular village for two years with low pay is ridiculous. It should at least be made one year. Asuman Lukwago should resign. Why does the policy apply to only medics? Let them provide conditions that will motivate doctors to work favorably.”

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Protesters carry placards displaying their frustration

Dr. Bafakyi Boaz described the conditions the medical students are working under as ‘inhuman modern day slavery.’

“We are fighting the new policy that will deprive private students from payment but instead pay Ugshs 600,000 to only gov’t students who are then bound to a particular village to work for 2 years being paid quarterly,” one of the students told Chimpreports.

The Kampala Police Metropolitan Commander Mwesigwa told the protesting students; “Your leaders are securing an appointment with the Speaker of Parliament and then we shall grant you protection so that you peacefully deliver your petition.”

This isn’t the first time medical students have made complaint over internship facilitation. Earlier this year, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr. Asuman Lukwago publicly stated that Mulago hospital could do without interns a few days after a similar strike.

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