Jinja Hospital Intern Doctors Strike

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Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says they met the intern doctors this morning to try and resolve their grievances. She however, didnt explain why the interns havent been paid for the last four month.

The intern doctor's strike at Jinja Regional Referral Hospital has entered day three. The 16 intern doctors laid down their tools on Sunday to protest nonpayment of their allowances for the last four months. 

 
They have vowed not to resume work until the hospital administration addresses their concerns. The strike has affected operations in the surgical and maternity wards and outpatient departments.

 
Our reporter visited the residence of the intern doctors and found them relaxing while others were reading book.  A few intern doctors could be seen in the hospital compound dressed casually. URN also saw hundreds of patients in the outpatient department stranded with no one to attend to them.

 
An intern doctor, who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity, said they haven't been paid their allowances and salaries for the months of January, February, March and April 2016. Intern doctors earn between Shillings 600,000 to 800,000.

 
Dr. Sophie Namasopo, the Director Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, says they met the intern doctors this morning to try and resolve their grievances. She however, didn't explain why the interns haven't been paid for the last four month.  Similar strikes have occurred at the same hospital in the past over similar reasons.