Sunday March 16 2014

Minister asks health workers to be patient

By Mudangha Kolyangha

Minister of state for Luwero Triangle, Ms Sarah Ndobooli Kataike, has urged Budaka District medics not to carry on with their planned industrial action over delayed salaries. She said the strike would instead worsen the situation.

“The government is totally aware of this problem but soon, salaries will be paid. Health worker’s plight is understandable and government is addressing it with the urgency it deserves. Colleagues, just be patient,” Ms Kataike said.

Majority of civil servants have gone for three months without salaries. The government says the ministry of public service is cleaning up the payroll to remove ghost employees.
Ms Kataike made the call while handing over 200 mattresses worth Shs20 million to 18 health centres in Budaka.

Ms Kataike, who is also the Woman MP for Budaka, said Letshego, an NGO, donated the mattresses following patients’ outcry that they were sleeping on papyrus mats due to lack of beddings.
“This is merely a starting point to offer better health services to our people,” Ms Kataike said.

Ms Kataike said plans are complete and construction will start soon to elevate Budaka Health Centre IV to hospital status.
The regional manager for Letshego, Mr Ivan Mwesigwa Waiswa, pledged more health support to Budaka District.

Mr Sam Wajega, the acting district health officer, outlined shortage of staff, drug stock-outs, infrastructure and power black-outs as the daunting challenges crippling service delivery in Budaka.
Budaka Resident District Commissioner Geoffrey Macho urged the in-charges of the health centres to protect the mattresses from thieves.