Mbale- Patients at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital are still stranded as a sit-down strike by intern doctors enters day two.
Seventeen interns, including six pharmacists and 14 nurses, resolved to lay down their tools on Tuesday until the hospital administration and ministry of Health pay their allowances.
The interns argued that they have not been paid allowances since August yet the hospital doesn’t offer them meals.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the student-doctors also said hygiene conditions in the hospital staff quarters are poor yet authorities do not bother to renovate the area.
Daily Monitor visited the hospital yesterday and found nurses, senior doctors and consultants on duty but there were long queues of patients waiting to be attended to.
The chairperson of the hospital management board, Dr Dominic Waburoko, appealed to the ministry for help.
“We are stuck because they boost our services at the referral hospital. Our appeal is that the Ministry of Health urgently looks into their issues,” said Dr Waburoko.
The trainee doctors are supposed to be paid Shs600,000 every month as allowance.
Ms Rukia Nakamatte, the ministry of Health communications officer, said the Finance ministry had delayed to release the funds.
“We had not received the funds from the Finance ministry for the last quarter until last week. But it is currently being credited to respective accounts of the different hospitals across the country,” she said.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor