In a short notice issued on Wednesday, Cherop explained that the Ministry of Finance released the circular for payment of the allowances long after the Public Service Ministry had prepared a circular for July salaries. Each qualified nurse is entitled to Shillings 15,000 each day and their assistants Shillings 10,000.
The nurses and midwives started a strike over lunch allowances estimated at 70 billion Shillings. This money is anticipated to cater for 26,000 nurses and midwives at a rate of 15,000 per health worker, per day. Currently, they receive 2,000 Shillings for lunch which cannot even cater for a descent cup of tea.
The President of the Union Cherop Justus Kiplangat told URN in an interview that politicians have been using their influence especially in the upcountry health facilities to bypass patient queues and demand prescribed medicines. Once the nurses ask them to follow the right processes of accessing care, they end up being assaulted.
Justus Nsabimana, one of the leaders of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union at Masaka Hospital, says at least 20 nurses have been ordered to leave the staff houses for failing to reapply. He says that they didn’t get any communication from the hospital as to why even those that have been occupying the staff houses had to reapply, something which they referred to as mistreatment by the hospital authorities.