KABAROLE MEDICS JOIN INDUSTRIAL ACTION
By Sylivia Kugonza
Health workers in Kabarole district have laid down their tools, joining their colleagues in a country wide industrial action over poor working conditions.
It’s about one week the Kabarole district chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga assured the president of Uganda that Kabarole District Health workers have not joined the Uganda Medical Workers in their strike demand for the pay rise.
However, when the www.mknewslink.com reporter visited Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital today found the reverse was different, as no health workers could be seen at the facility.
Majority of wards were empty whereas in some wards the number of patients was very small.
Our reporter first visited the male ward where she found only two patients, female ward two and less than 5 patients were seen lining up at the Out Patients department (OPD).
The disgruntled patients who spoke to our reporter said that the doctors work the way they want and they only attend to the emergency cases.
In the OPD, majority of patients who were coming for treatment could not spend a minute due to lack of doctors attending to them.
One of the patients who did not want to be named told www.mknewslink.com that he had come for operation but only to be told that doctors are on strike.
Meanwhile of recently the Kabarole district Health officer Dr. Richard Mugahi told our reporter that Kabarole also is part of the striking doctors.
However Dr. Mugahi disclosed that they are only handling the emergencies in the hospital.
While in the district last week, President Museveni threatened to sack medics who are on strike.
The nationwide sit down strike by doctors under their umbrella Uganda Medical workers association has paralyzed the health sector in the country.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.