Sylvia Nabuddo, the Deputy General Secretary, Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) told journalists on Friday that they held a meeting with Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa early in the week who promised to address their grievances.
Medical Laboratory Professionals working in government
health facilities have suspended their three-week-long strike after the Public
Service Ministry promised to recognize degree holders while hiring and pay them
Sylvia Nabuddo, the Deputy General Secretary, Uganda
Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) told journalists on Friday that
they held a meeting with Public Service Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa early in
the week who promised to address their grievances.
Some of the grievances include failure to harmonize the
structure of service and recognize district laboratory focal persons as
Assistant District Health Officers in charge of lab services will be sorted in
a month’s time.
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The Lab techs say they also agreed that starting with the
coming Financial Year 2022/2023, they will start earning a salary categorized as medical one in Public Service structures from medical two that they are
currently categorized under.
Under medical one, they will be
earning a monthly salary of 3.3 million Shillings, an increment from 2.2 million Shillings, according to UMLTA’s Vice President Patrick Wabuyi. He however adds that his colleagues have not been earning the old salary too
because the government has to date not been recognizing degree holder lab techs. They
have all been earning a salary of a diploma holder amounting to 1.2milliom Shillings.
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In a letter seen by URN, Muruli Mukasa asked the striking
health workers to immediately call off their strike promising to solve their
grievances noting that they are in consultations which they hope to have solved
by February 12.
However, these are not all that they pushed for in December
when the strike launched. They also agitated against understaffing in
government labs in addition to seeking compensation for their deceased
colleagues due to COVID-19. Wabuyi says
they haven’t received feedback on these and resolved to resume work with commitment
from the government.
According to statistics by Allied Health Professionals
Council, there are about 13,000 registered lab professionals, with 10,000 in active