The Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah has tasked the
government to intervene in the ongoing strike by Butabika Mental Referral
Hospital medical workers and support staff.
The Nakawa East MP, Ronald Nsubuga Balimwezo on Wednesday raised a matter of
national importance regarding a strike by the hospital staff which started on
20th September due to the absence of enough security. The hospital is Uganda’s
referral for mentally ill patients and it treats about 7,000 inpatient and 30,000
outpatient mental health cases annually.
“I am rising on a point of urgent public importance. On 20th September, medical
workers and support staff of Butabika hospital went on strike, this paralyzed
operations of the facility and also caused inconvenience to the facility
users…particularly the mentally challenged patients,” Balimwezo said in part.
He noted that the medics and support staff at the facility laid down their
tools due to a lack of enough security within the facility. Balimwezo said that
the hospital is operating at less than 40 percent security on top of the
absence of enough medicine for patients.
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The MP demanded that government provides adequate security so that medical staff
works in a favourable condition.
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The Speaker of Parliament Gilbert Oulanyah said that the government needs to
intervene to enable medical workers carry on with their duties.
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Lukia Nakadama, the Third Deputy Prime Minister said that she had noted the
matter and the Minister of Security should work with the Minister of Health to
assess the situation and immediately find solutions.
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Oulanyah said the matter needs urgent action so that the hospital returns to