William Mule, who was the coordinator of laboratory technicians in Mukono district died on Wednesday morning while being transferred from Kiruddu hospital to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management.
patients are stranded at Mukono General Hospital following a strike by health
workers over poor working conditions and delayed payment. The Health Workers laid their tools on
Thursday morning a day after their colleague succumbed to COVID-19.
William Mule, who was the coordinator of laboratory technicians in Mukono
district died on Wednesday morning while being transferred from Kiruddu
hospital to Mulago National Referral Hospital for further management. The health workers say they can’t continue
without Personal Protective Equipment, which exposes them to infection.
also accuse the district of reluctance to effect their monthly salary despite
the fact that workers in other health units have been cleared. The workers who spoke to URN on condition of anonymity say they
would use their salary to buy PPE as they wait for the government supplies. Despite
showing up at the hospital, the health workers are not attending to patients.
Kasirye, the Medical Superintendent Mukono General Hospital has acknowledged the
challenges affecting his medical team, saying he is trying to engage them in
their departments to attend to patients. He explains that the delayed payment of workers this month
is a result of the struggle to change the management of the hospital from the
municipality to the district.
The health workers have been receiving payment
before the 22nd of every month.
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Dr. Steven Mulindwa, the Mukono District Health Officer, says the hospital
often receives PPE much as they are always inadequate. He appeals to the health
workers to utilize the few available PPE as the district lobbies for more.
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Mukono District Chief Administrative Officer, James Nkata
has appealed for calm from the health workers as they process their payment. He
says their pay for this month will be effected under the municipality before
they transfer bank account into the district system.