Bundibugyo Health Workers Stage Strike
Over 300 health workers of Bundibugyo Main hospital have today laid down their tools protesting the poor sanitation at the hospital. The health workers claim that all wards at the Hospital are too dirty which posses a health risk to patients.
They argue that the unhygienic conditions could lead to an out break of diseases such as cholera and dysentery.
A nurse who prefers anonymity because she is not authorized to speak to journalists says that, the maternity ward stinks because it has not been cleaned for a week. She says that the hospital compound is littered with rubbish and all the toilets stink.
Trouble at Bundibugyo Main Hospital started three weeks ago, after the hospital cleaners laid down their tools claming that they have not been paid for the past three months. The workers have vowed not to resume work unless all their salaries are paid.
This morning, the health workers joined the cleaners strike forcing Dennis Namuwoza, Bundibugyo District Police Commander to deploy police to quell down the strike. Hood Nsubuga, the Bundibugyo deputy Chief Administrative Officer this morning held a meeting with the hospital staff and pleaded with them to call of the strike in vain.
Nsubuga told the striking health workers that the district local government will pay off the contractor to ensure the cleaners resume their work immediately. Dr. Stephen Sesanga, the medical superintendentof Bundibugyo has not yet commented on the strike as he was still looked up in a meeting when our reporter visited the hospital.