Fort Portal Hospital Medical Workers Strike Over Delayed Payment

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Fort Portal regional referral hospital staff has given their administration until Monday to sort out their delayed payments and salary increment demands.

Fort Portal regional referral hospital staff has given their administration until Monday to sort out their delayed payments and salary increment demands.
 
The health workers held a brief sit down strike on Thursday morning that paralysed operations at the hospital to demonstrate the seriousness of their demands.
 
Dr. John Mali, from the radiography unit who represented all the medical workers, explained that they had laid down their tools to protest going two months without pay.
 
He said that as a result of the delays, the health workers had not been in position to meet their family obligations like paying rent and tuition fees for their children.
 
Dr. Mali also said that some workers were not receiving their full salaries while others were not paid at all with no reason given.
 
The Thursday morning sit down strike forced the administration to meet the health workers representatives to discuss their concerns.
 
Alexander Kikwaya, the hospital Principal Administrator, confirmed that the hospital management had met to discuss their staff concerns. He said the staff were concerned about delayed salaries, payment of salaries in quarters and promised salary increments.
 
However, Dr.Charles Olara, the hospital medial superintendent, was not in the meeting as he was away on official duty. When contacted, he said he had travelled to Kampala to present the workers concerns at the health ministry headquarters.
 
Although the health workers agreed to call off the protest for the time being, a few were not convinced their concerns would be addressed.
 
Patrick Kyahurwa, a lab technician, urged his fellow workers not to be fooled that the Ministry of Health would deal with their issues. He claimed that a source in the Ministry of Public Service had informed him that they would not receive their salaries until June.
 
Fort Portal regional referral hospital serves patients from the districts of Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Kamwenge,Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kasese, Kyegegwa and Kibaale and on daily basis receives over 1000 patients. 
 
During the three hour sit down strike; work in all departments at the hospital ground to a halt.
 
 Ruth Atuhaire, an attendant to Margaret Tusiime (46), a patient with pain in her fallopian tubes, claimed that she had to bribe her way in the female ward to get a doctor to attend to her.
 
Ezra Kasaija had brought a relative who suffered a motorcycle accident. Kasaija was unhappy that his patient who had suffered chest and leg injuries only received first aid and was attended to by internship students.