By; Ben Musanje
Medics under their umbrella body the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) have given government an ultimatum of November 6th to enhance their salaries and improve the health facilities or else they are ready for an industrial action.
The resolution was reached in a meeting held Monday at Davis Lecture hall Mulago National Referral Hospital, which was organized by UMA, a body that unites medical doctors across the country.
Unanimously, doctors resolved to lay down their tools in phases starting with medical doctors on November 6th, nurses and midwives and later private health workers together with surgeons in the following two weeks once government fails to act positively.
According to their demands, public health facilities should to be improved, more drugs be provided in hospitals, health workers’ arrests be stopped and also increase their salary scale.
Addressing the angry medics, the UMA President Dr. Ekwaro Obuku emphasizes that they are to leave patients dies once government pays deaf ears by not increasing their salaries with 6.5mshs for a nurse or midwife, 15.1mshs for medical officer and 35.4mshs to a Professor.
However, the Workers Member of Parliament Dr. Sam Lyomoki advises medics to demand their salary increment in this period of lifting the age limit and also to be sure of arrests.
While presenting a petition to speaker of parliament, Rebbeca Kadaga in July 2016, Dr Fred Biiso, then UMA president, opined that although Uganda may not have the capacity to address all the push factors that cause doctors to fly and work in foreign countries, it can handle some like allowances.