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Soroti Hospital Medical Interns Join Strike Over Allowances

Dr. Orec says that they held a meeting with the health ministry, which promised to pay up but later wrote back notifying them that the money will be paid in the near future, which specifying any dates.

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36 medical interns at Soroti Regional Referral hospital have joined the rest of the interns across the country to protest none payment of their food and accommodation allowances for the last three months. The interns led down their tools on Tuesday, affecting service delivery to patients.

The interns include 24 are medical doctors, seven nurses and five physicians. The medical Interns, form the largest part of the work force at the Hospital. Dr. Isaac Orec, the chairperson of the interns says they will only resume work once the health ministry addresses their plight.

He explained that, they are working under very stressful condition due to none payment of their allowances.

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Dr. Orec says that they held a meeting with the health ministry, which promised to pay up but later wrote back notifying them that the money will be paid in the near future, which specifying any dates.

 

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when URN visited the interns this morning at their residence in Moroto Cell in Pioneer ward of Northern division, our reporter found them watching TV and playing pool. They showed our reporter an empty dining table saying they had no food to eat. Julius Okuraja, an attendant to a patient in the surgical ward says they realized the impact of the interns as the medical workers are overwhelmed by the number of patients.

Paul Ajuk, the Senior Hospital Administrator says the intern's strike is a country wide problem, save for Arua regional Hospital where the interns were catered for by the hospital administration. He explains that, the health ministry decided to post more medical interns to hospitals compared to the previous years.  Ajuk says the ministry promised to cater for the medical interns but ever since they have not been paid.

He says despite the fact that, the medical interns have been on great help to the hospital, everything is under control as their staffs are handling the situation.

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