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Swagia Shadia Nabunya, the Officer in charge Mbale Central Police Station told the students they couldn’t allow them to proceed with the protest, saying they didn’t inform them as required by the Public Order Management Act-POMA.
30 Sep 2019 14:45
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Police have foiled a demonstration by Busitema University students in Mbale town protesting the new policy by the Health Ministry on the rotation of intern doctors.

A team of police officers intercepted the students as they marched from their campus at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital to the Resident District Commissioner’s-RDC office this morning.    

However, the students claimed that association of medical students had notified the Inspector General of Police but they didn’t find the Mbale District Police Commander when they delivered their letter to his office.

Swagia Shadia Nabunya, the Officer in charge Mbale Central Police Station told the students they couldn’t allow them to proceed with the protest, saying they didn’t inform them as required by the Public Order Management Act-POMA.

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John Robert Tukei, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, says although the students have a genuine cause to protest, they didn’t follow the due process.  

He advised the students to go back and follow the process and police will allow them to continue with their demonstration.        

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Medical students across the country are up in up arms against the ministry protesting to low allowances, lack of accommodation and the new rotation policy of intern doctors.    

Recently, the ministry announced that intern doctors will only attain skills in two disciplines and opposed to four in the past. 

The interns were supposed to do 4 disciplines for three months each to gain practical skills in the fields of surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics.    

The ministry however changed the policy to 2 major disciplines and 2 minors.    

Adili Wajalisi, a Fifth year medical student says intern doctors work under very deplorable conditions but earn very meager allowances.  

 

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Abbey Bukenya, a fourth year medical student, says they decided to demonstrate to compel the Health Ministry to reinstate the previous rotation policy and push for improved allowances.  

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Professor Julius Wandawa, the Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences Busitema University declined to comment, saying the student demo was out of their jurisdiction.

“That is out of our Jurisdiction as a university and I don’t know anything about the demonstration bye bye,” he told our reporter and hang up his phone.

 

Emmanuel Ayinebyona, the Health Ministry Spokesperson told Uganda Radio Network that the ministry is aware of the grievances of medical interns. 

He however, said the ministry can’t increase the allowances of the interns because they only pay them what is provided by the Finance ministry.  

He says the ministry intends to issue a statement on the concerns of the intern doctors.