Through their umbrella association of the Federation of Uganda Medical Interns (FUMI), Medical interns around the country agreed to call of their strike.
This follows a commitment from government to increase the interns allowances to shs 2.5 million, and midwives to shs. 1.5 million every month, inclusive of arrears.
“The funds for payment of interns will be transferred to the accounts of the internship training centers starting from 20th December, 2021.” Said Dr. Chris Baryomunsi the Minister of ICT and National Guidance.
This was in a meeting that Baryomunsi chaired on behalf of the Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng.
“Enhanced internship allowances, inclusive of arrears will be paid to all eligible medical interns with effect from 1st July, 2021 to 6th November, 2021 when they went on strike.” He added on.
Medical interns went on strike on November 6, 2021.
The period for which some medical interns were on strike should be compensated by extending internship of those affected by the equivalent period for which they stayed away and that they will be paid accordingly.
Last week, Health Ministry’s Director of General Health Services, Dr. Henry Mwebesa, said that all interns should vacate government hospitals. It was however agreed that this decided be rescinded.
A taskforce, as directed by President Museveni, will be constituted by Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja by December 24, 2021 to implement the resolutions of the meeting that was held with Museveni on the 23rd, November, 2021.
UMA and FUMI also pledged to withdraw application for a court injunction against the directive of Dr Henry Mwebesa.
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