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Union Intervenes In Impending Eviction of Nurses From Masaka Hospital Staff Houses

Justus Nsabimana, one of the leaders of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union at Masaka Hospital, says at least 20 nurses have been ordered to leave the staff houses for failing to reapply. He says that they didn’t get any communication from the hospital as to why even those that have been occupying the staff houses had to reapply, something which they referred to as mistreatment by the hospital authorities.

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The Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union has intervened in the impending eviction of nurses from Masaka Regional Referral Hospital staff quarters. 

This comes a few days after Masaka Regional Referral Hospital authorities d asked the nurses to vacate the staff quarters without giving any reasons.       

In a crisis meeting convened on Friday, the nurses told their union leaders that the Masaka hospital authorities ordered all medics occupying staff quarters to reapply for the houses or else their houses will be allocated to other people. 

Justus Nsabimana, one of the leaders of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union at Masaka Hospital, says at least 20 nurses have been ordered to leave the staff houses for failing to reapply. 

He says that they didn’t get any communication from the hospital as to why even those that have been  occupying the staff houses had to reapply, something which they referred to as mistreatment by the hospital authorities.

Nsabimana also raised concern over the exorbitant fees levied on those occupying the staff houses and asked the hospital management to subsidize the payment, since it’s the responsibility of the employer to provide accommodation to staff.     

According to the Nurses and midwives, the pay Shillings 200,000 for rent, maintenance and utility bills among others.  

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Jackson Turyahebwa, the acting General Secretary Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, says that they received information that the nurses are being evicted from the houses for failing to reapply, which isn’t fair.  

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He said the union condemns the hospital decision to evict the health workers from the quarter, since they are still serving the facility.  

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Dr. Nathan Ochachi, the Director Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, defended the decision to ask people occupying the staff quarters to reapply for the houses, saying some of the nurses are no longer occupying them.      

 

He explained that a huge number of staff quarters are occupied by the relatives of nurses, retired staff while others were abandoned by staff after constructing their own houses.     

He says they asked the staff to reapply so as to establish, which houses are occupied and those that are vacant. 

Dr. Ochachi defended the payments made by the staff, saying that it’s provided for in the standing orders, adding that the nurse’s complaints are going to be addressed.  

Masaka hospital has over 286 health workers. However, only about 42% can be accommodated owing to the few staff quarters.  

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