Justus Cherop Kiplangat, the President of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, says money wasn’t included in the budget, despite promises by cabinet last year to provide them with lunch and accommodation allowances.
Nurses under their umbrella
body Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union-UNMU will starting next month
break off from work for one and half hours for lunch should government fail
to fulfill an earlier promise of giving them Shillings 15,000 for their daily
This translates to Shillings 126billion annually for the 24,500
nurses across the country.
Justus Cherop Kiplangat, the President of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, says money
wasn’t included in the budget, despite promises by cabinet last year to provide
them with lunch and accommodation allowances.
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to Cherop, nurses have been receiving Shillings
3000 as a daily lunch allowance since 1996, which can no longer buy a decent
Over the past one year, Cherop said the President has made
several promises to them including Shillings 1billion to boast their SACCO,
accommodation and scholarships for nurses and midwives but none of them has
To him, the recurrent disappointments have taken a toll on
the morale of many health workers forcing them to leave the profession and
others the country in search of better opportunities.
He said after salary increments, a lower cadre nurse earns
Shillings 600, 000 per month.
Annet Birungi, a nurse at Mulago National Referral Hospital,
says the money is insufficient given the fact that they have to rent a house,
settle transport fares and buy lunch.
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They want the lowest paid cadre to earn at least a net
salary of Shillings 1million.