Nurses Call off Strike
Nurses under their mother body, Uganda nurse and midwives association have called off the earlier planned strike following yesterday’s meeting with the public service ministry where govt agreed to increase their pay starting the coming financial year.
The nurse had given an ultimatum of 90 days to govt to have their salaries increased and failure to do so they were only left one option of laying down their tools with the action which was expected to kick off tomorrow.
The president of the nurses association, Justus Cherop Chiplangant says, its clear that a certificate nurse will now earn UGX.610,000 from UGX.410,000 and a diploma nurseUGX.1.2M from UGX.710,000 as well as a degree nurse. The above agreed on pay excludes lunch, housing allowances which the association is still negotiating with govt.
However, Annet Birungi , a nurse at Mulago national referral hospital and nurse Florence Awat Abaru who represents nurse in state house think that the move by govt spells s positive move towards a better future and working relation between the two parties.
They further dispute that public perception that nurses and midwives dropped their professional norms and now are in for money than saving lives.
Nurse account for 65% of the country’s health labour force and are responsible for over 80% of the health services offered to patients in the country.