Patrick Odongtoo, a Health Information Assistant at Mucwini Health Center III and one of those affected by the pay cut, says that his salary has now drastically fallen to a paltry Shillings 316,391 for the last three months.
Several Health Information assistants attached to government health facilities in Kitgum District
have expressed concern over a sudden reduction of their salaries. There are 16 Health information
assistants spread at
Health Centers III and Kitgum General Hospital.
However, 15 of the Health
information assistants, say that they have been receiving half pay since
the start of the first quarter of this financial year. Health information assistants have been earning a basic pay of
Shillings 613,158, up from
following enhancement of the salaries for
civil servants in the health sector by the government in 2018.
Patrick Odongtoo, a Health Information Assistant
at Mucwini Health Center III and one of those affected by the pay cut, says that his
salary has now drastically fallen to a paltry Shillings 316,391 for the last three months.
Odongtoo says that they are puzzled by the reduction that has
affected them but excluded one of their
colleagues, who still earns full pay.
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Odongtoo says the abrupt reduction in his salary
has left him with great challenges in supporting his family. He also notes that
whereas their payslips
indicate the full amount of money being remitted, the bank statements indicate half
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Odongtoo wants district officials and the Public Service
Commission officials to come
out clearly and
explain the changes in salaries. Anna
Aol, another Health Information Assistant at Kitgum General Hospital, says that the pay cut has demoralized her effectiveness
in data entry at the Hospital.
Aol says district finance officials should explain
the anomaly that has only
affected a section of Health Information assistants in the district. Kitgum District Chief Administrative Officer, Martin Jacan Gwokto acknowledges receiving
complaints from the affected employees.
Gwokto says that he has already forwarded the complaints to the
Public Service Commission to inquire on the reasons for the pay cut, adding
that he is still waiting for feedback or an official circular on the matter.
Dr. Henry Okello Otto, the Acting Kitgum
District Health Officer has implored the aggrieved Health information
assistants to continue working as the district seeks clarification on the
Resident District Commissioner William Komakech notes that information
indicates that the salaries of Health Information Assistants were erroneously
enhanced among scientists whereas they are not.
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Komakech says that the concerns will be forwarded to the central
government for clarity and urged those affected to continue working.