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Health Monitoring Unit Halts Eviction of Masaka Hospital Staff From Quarters

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r. Jackson Ojera Obucu, the Director State House Health Monitoring Unit, says the occupants of the staff quarters were not given a fair hearing before the housing committee and the hospital administration decided to allocate their houses to other staff members, which is irregular.
19 Sep 2019 15:15
Masaka staff building which houses health workers HMU has halted their eviction

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The State House Health Monitoring Unit-HMU has halted the planned eviction of some health workers from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital staff quarters, saying the process of allocating the houses was irregular.

In August, Masaka Regional Referral Hospital authorities ordered health workers the staff quarters to reapply for them or else lose them to other staff. 

The move didn’t go down well with the affected health workers prompting them to petition the State House Health Monitoring Unit to come to their rescue and compel the hospital authorities to reconsider their decision of evicting them. 

Now, Dr. Jackson Ojera Obucu, the Director State House Health Monitoring Unit, says the occupants of the staff quarters were not given a fair hearing before the housing committee and the hospital administration decided to allocate their houses to other staff members, which is irregular. 

He told URN in an interview on Thursday that the staff concerns are genuine since the hospital management didn’t consult majority of the staff before coming up with a decision asking staff to reapply for the houses. 

Dr. Ojera also noted that the procedure by the hospital management to reallocate the staff quarters was very questionable.

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He says they halted the eviction process until the hospital management drafts a tenancy agreement clearly specifying who is entitled to accommodation in the staff quarters.  

Dr. Ojera notes that evicting staff without clear guidelines may disrupt service delivery at the hospital since the affected health workers have threatened to down their tools.

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He said they will soon come up with a comprehensive report from their findings when they visited the hospital. However, Dr. Nathan Onyachi, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, insists that the housing committee gave an open opportunity to all staff, saying the entire process was free and fair.

He says those that lost the houses, lost in a fair competition.  Dr. Onyachi says that management agreed that the houses be allocated in a competitive bidding process by offering priority to health workers in emergency care and other critical sections of the hospital.

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He says that for purposes of offering equal opportunities to staff they have designed a proposal that will see the staff occupy the units for three years before it is re-advertised.