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Soroti Hospital Cleaners Strike over Pay

The strike by cleaners has triggered a foul smell in the wards. Some patients and their attendants were seen improvising to clean the wards using their own manpower. Doctors have also avoided making rounds in the wards.
Soroti Regional Referral Hospital cleaners being addressed by the hospital administrator in regard to their payments

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More than 50 cleaners at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital have laid down their tools over non-payment of their salaries.

The strike by cleaners has triggered a foul smell in the wards. Some patients and their attendants were seen improvising to clean the wards using their own manpower. Doctors have also avoided making rounds in the wards.

Jacqueline Apio, one of the nurses living at the nurses' quarters decried of the poor hygiene both at the hospital and the neighbourhood.

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Roseline Akiteng, one of the cleaners says that they have not been paid since May.

“Besides the salary being as little as 80,000 shillings, it does not come in time and our cry for protective gears in this work we do has not been heard,” she explained.

Another, cleaner Grace Akello, said whenever they complain of their remuneration, their boss threatens to sack them.

 “It is this kind of injustice that has prompted us to put down our tools since we are not in receipt of a fair consideration,” Akello said. She adds that they will only resume work when they are paid their salary.

The principal hospital administrator, Simon Kisabagire this afternoon, says that 6.5 million shillings for the month of May was remitted to the account of the contractor.