Speaker Rebecca Kadaga’s directive followed a matter of national importance raised by Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa who questioned why the Ministry of Health has failed to have students for Clinical Medicine and Community Health to do their internship.
Dr. Richard Idro, the President Uganda Medical Association, says they have recommended to the Health Ministry and talked to some private hospitals to offer medical internship owing to the pressure in the government facilities.
In the new procedure, applications for internships shall no longer be received at the ministry of health headquarters. All pre-intern candidates will be expected to apply for temporary registration to respective professional councils before the end of August 2018.
Dr. Robert Lubega, the President Uganda Medical Interns says more than 800 intern doctors will not return to work to provide the much needed services until their monthly allowances for March and April are remitted.
Though the Uganda Medical Association UMA has set 8.5 million Uganda shillings as salary that must be paid to intern doctors, Robert Lubega, the president of medical intern for 2017-2018 says they have lowered their salary demands to 2.5 million as non-negotiable. The intern doctors laid down tools together with licensed doctors on November 6 pushing for better pay.
The 7.8 billion Shillings hostel will be constructed at Makanga hill near the hospital in Kabale Municipality. It is funded by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health and constructed by Musuuza Building Contractors Limited.
Medical interns at Kabale regional referral hospital have gone on strike again. This is the second time in three months the interns go on strike. The 35 interns at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital last laid down their tools in November 2014 protesting delayed payment of their allowances.