Uganda Medical Association (UMA), a body
that brings together all qualified and duly registered medical doctors in the
country is in support of the ongoing strike by Intern doctors.
The Association said on Sunday that the strike
should continue until government heeds onto their demands.
On May 17th 2021, the Intern doctors under
their umbrella Federation for Uganda Medical Interns (FUMI) laid down their tools
stating that the government had failed to improve on their welfare and they are
currently working and living under poor conditions.
According to a statement that was released by FUMI
President, Dr. Lillian Nabwire, they are currently earning 960,000 shillings
which they want increased up to 3 million shillings for them to live a descent
However, addressing journalists on Sunday Uganda
Medical Association came out to officially support the strike. Dr. Richard Idro, the Uganda Medical Association president they are backing the interns so as
to obtain decent pay and living conditions such that they can have appropriate
meals and accommodation.
Dr. Idro also wants the parliamentary resolution that was
made some time back to increase their allowances from 12 billion shillings to
35 billion shillings to be implemented within this coming financial year because
it sought to address all their grievances related to improving on their welfare.
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According to UMA, there is also urgent need to review
and overhaul all parts of medical training in Uganda because they have realized
that some of the institutions for interns do not have all the
As such, UMA leadership says have since petitioned the
Prime Minister seeking to have an inter-ministerial body involving a number of ministers
involved in a life of upbringing a
medical person to see how it can be done.
They listed the Minister for Education, Minister of Health,
Local government Minister, Minister of Finance, Public Service Minister, National
Planning Authority officials and representatives from all the training
According to the UMA leadership, there is no coordination
between Ministry of education where the medical interns are trained from,
Ministry of Health where they are working, Ministry of Public Service and Local
Government Ministry which absorbs them and the Finance Ministry which is
supposed to give resources and this has led to untold poor working environment.
The FUMI Secretary General Dr. Faith
Nabushawo has welcomed the support and called upon the interns to continue
laying down their tools adding that they have sought an appointment with President
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who has promised to meet them.
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The Permanent Secretary for Ministry
of Health, Dr. Diana Atwine few days ago revealed that the
government has no money to meet the medical interns' allowances before advising
them to resume work, finish internship and get better paying jobs.
On September 30th 2019, President Museveni
directed the public service Ministry to increase the allowances of the
scientists in this country but to date the directive is yet to be implemented.
However, the Public Service Ministry previously said that
they were working to make sure that there is harmonization of all salary
structures in various departments of government and so far, the plans are in
the offing according to the former State Minister for Public Service, David Karubanga.