Patients Stranded as Medical Staff Strike over Pay

Dr Placid Maihayo,   Kabake Regional Referal Hospital Executive Director speaking to ChimpReports

Hundreds of patients at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital are stranded after intern health workers laid down tools over unpaid allowances.

A total of 35 intern health workers laid down their tools citing failure by the government to pay their allowances for the last three months.

The health workers on strike include doctors, more about dental surgeons, capsule pharmacists and nurses.

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Sources from the hospital indicate that the health workers have for long been complaining of not receiving their allowances and that they were finding it hard to meet their most basic needs.

One of the interns who talked to us and preferred anonymity said that they were entitled to a shs 600, 000 pay per Month and an additional shs 220,000 for upkeep.

Sharon Kyarisiima, a patient at the hospital narrated that she arrived at the facility’s outpatient section but there was only one health worker attending to the patients who also later on disappeared.

Johnson Katureebe, who had taken his wife who was in labor to the hospital, says that there was no mid wife at the regional referral hospital’s maternity section.

He added the health workers had to be paid if lives were to be saved.
When our reporter visited the hospital’s notice board, the Hospital administration had put a note urging the health workers to return to work as their issues were being attended to.

The notice further revealed that the central government was moving towards sourcing funds to ensure that the concerns of the workers were addressed.

After realizing that the notice had not yielded any fruits, the hospital administration was compelled to hold a crisis meeting with interns.

However the closed meeting between the interns and the hospital held yesterday afternoon in hospital the board room also did not yield any results as workers refused to return to work.

Kabale Regional Referral Hospital Director Dr. Placid Mihayo told ChimpReports that the Hospital was aware of the move by the interns and that consultations were being made with the central government to ensure that the crisis was solved.


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