December 29, 2014

Jinja Health Workers Demand For Salary Increment

Health workers at government health centers in Jinja have launched a fresh appeal to Jinja district local government to fulfill its pledge of providing them with food, transport and housing allowances.

Medical Workers
Medical Workers

In 2012, government health workers in Jinja complained of lack of food, transport and housing allowances, which they said affects their work.

As a result, Jinja District promised to address their concerns. However, two years down the road nothing has been done.

Dr Michael Osinde, the Director Jinja regional referral hospital Director says the failure to accommodate staff and give them feeding allowances affects their works as many of the health workers spend little time at the hospital because they have to move to their homes.

There are at least 50 medical health workers at Jinja Referal hospital who have to provide their own meals and transport.

Fred Ngobi Gume, the Jinja district LC V chairperson says they need UGX 100 million for the allowances.

Ivan Tibagalika, a clinician at Bugembe health centre in Jinja, says commuting from home to work at night during emergencies is difficult.

He says the absence of transport and lunch sometimes forces him to stay during critical times when he is supposed to attend to patients.

Tibagalika says they have decided to follow up on most of the pledges by politicians that could help improve health service delivery.

Dr. Diogo Nantamu, Jinja district health officer says provision of allowances could save many patients and motivates health workers.

He however says the matter has not been tabled for discussion in the health department for purposes of planning.

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