By; Charles Katabalwa
Medical Doctors under their body the Uganda Medical Association have defied the presidential directive and instead made another preannouncement intensifying their ongoing sit down strike.
Last evening the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng announced to the press a presidential directive that Medics should return to work and RDCs monitor upcountry hospitals for attendance and any kind of intimidation.
The doctors are protesting among others poor pay, lack of medicine, vaccines and emergency equipment at their places of work; as well as harassment and frequent arrest of colleagues by the State House Health Monitoring Unit.
The medics, whose strike has frustrated work at all major government hospitals have been joined by medical interns under their national union demanding better remuneration.
According to the head of the Uganda Medical Association; Dr. Ekwaru Obuku, doctors have been available to provide emergency services at the various referral hospitals.
On the issue of non recognized members of the medics’ association Dr. Ekwaru has displayed 1,022 as the membership number and ready to present it to the Minister of Health Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.
Meanwhile the medical fraternity is grieving the demise of the former executive director, Mulago National Referral Hospital Dr Lawrence Kaggwa, who passed on this morning following a long battle with heart complications.
The public relations officer of Uganda Heart Institute (UHI), Grace Mirembe said Dr. Kaggwa died around 9:25 am at the Institute where he had been admitted since October 16.
Dr Kaggwa 68, served as the Executive director Mulago for 12 years up to 2005 and retired as a senior Consultant Surgeon.