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Intern Doctors at Mbarara Hospital Refuse to End Strike

The disgruntled interns went on strike last Sunday. They claim their allowances has not been paid since the beginning of the year.
Medical students doing internship training at Mbarara Regional Referral hospital have refused to call off a strike until government pays their allowances.

The disgruntled interns went on strike last Sunday. They claim their allowances has not been paid since the beginning of the year.

The students say they wrote to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and other top government officers over the matter but got no reply.

They claim that the hospital authorities have threatened them with punitive measures instead of clearing the the outstanding arrears.

Each of the 35 intern doctors is entitled to a basic allowance of six hundred and forty thousand Shillings per month. They are also entitled to two hundred and twenty thousand Shillings for upkeep.

Aidah Namatovu, one of the intern doctors told URN that they do not have the morale of attending to patients since they are being harassed by Landlords over rent arrears.

The strike by intern Doctor has affected healthcare service delivery in the Toto ward and Out Patient department. The two sectios relay mostly on intern doctors given the shortage of staff at the hospital.

Agnes Ainembabazi who is attending to her two months old baby in Toto ward says she has been forced to take her daughter to Holy Innocent Nyamitanga children\'s hospital after they spent a night without being attended to.

Mbarara Regional Referral hospital Director, Dr. Celestine Barigye says he has asked the interns to remain calm as he sorts out their grievances with the Ministry of Health and that of Finance.

Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital receives hundreds of patients on daily basis from over 20 districts of Western Uganda.