Mulago intern health workers on strike over unpaid allowances
Intern health workers at Mulago hospital have gone on a sit down strike over nonpayment of their facilitation.
The over 150 interns claim they have not been paid their Shs1.5m stipend since October 2014, making their work difficult.
The interns who include pharmacists, surgeons and nurses say they are required to work for over 12 hours a day which also leaves them no time to look for other means of survival.
The ministry of health spokesperson Rukia Nakamatte says they are aware of the gravity of the problem and are trying to speed up the payment process.
The interns had vowed not to return to work until all their monies are deposited on their accounts. Subsequently, their money was paid and they returned to work.
Mulago Hospital spokesperson, Enoch Kusasira said the problem occurred because the salaries for the interns were deposited on the wrong accounts, but the money had been re-channeled to the right accounts.
Interns are usually assigned to work as auxiliary staff in each of the wards which include the obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics’, surgery and general medicine.