Staffs of Arua Regional Referral Hospital this morning took to the streets to force the hospital management to pay their transport allowances that have been accumulating since January this year.
The angry looking staffs mainly nurses and medical officers marched with placards from Arua hospital and moved to various district offices before heading to the RDC's office, where they presented to him their memorandum.
One of the placards read ino allowances, no work while another called for resignation of the medical superintendent for failing to address their problems.
Some of staffs who carried keys to the various hospital departments, threatened to hand them over to the RDC who had earlier on promised to address the matter.
Kania Drata, who presented the memorandum to the RDC on behalf of the staffs, said that they had given the hospital administration one month to start paying their allowances that has elapsed today.
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Drata says that the staffs are demanding more than 400 million shillings in accumulated allowances for a period of seven months.
Another aggrieved staff Sixtus Alioni accuses the management of the hospital of diverting their allowances for personal use. He says that it appears the hospital management does not appreciate their work.
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Ibrahim Abiriga, the Arua RDC pleaded with the staff to resume work while his office consults with the ministry of health on their allowances.
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Some of the staffs returned to the hospital and worked until midday, while others just went home.
Dr Alex Adaku, the acting medical superintendent Arua district hospital says that the hospital is short of funds to pay the allowances.
He says that hospital is operating on a very thin budget that can't allow them to pay allowances.
Last month staff of Arua Hospital went on strike over the same allowance but resumed work when the hospital management promised to pay them by July 31.
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