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Nurses demand Shs 37m daily for lunch allowance

President Museveni inspecting a guard of honour mounted by nurses

President Museveni inspecting a guard of honour mounted by nurses

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 Shs 15,000 daily lunch allowance.  

The lunch allowance demand translates to Shs 126 billion annually (or Shs 36,750,000 daily) 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. 

According to Cherop, nurses have been receiving Shs 2000 as a daily lunch allowance since 1996, which can no longer buy a decent meal. Over the past one year, Cherop said the president has made several promises to them including Shs 1 billion to boost their SACCO, accommodation and scholarships for nurses and midwives but none of them has been fulfilled.  

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 Shs 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. They want the lowest-paid cadre to earn at least a net salary of Shs 1 million.

 
During the national celebrations for the International Day for Nurses and Midwives held at Kyamate secondary school playground in Ntungamo municipality in May, President Museveni pledged to increase the daily lunch allowance of nurses from the current Shs 2000 to Shs 15,000. 

Comments

+3 #1 Lakwena 2019-08-08 13:43
What does this type of demand means?

It means that: what we see as Nurses and Midwives, are simply smartly dressed up hungry and desperate Ugandans; who in order survive in their misery, can easily become mindless and reckless while performing delicate medical duties.

Like stepping in quick sand; under the watchful eyes of Mr. M7's Inspection of Guard of Honor; Ugandans are sinking fast into the abyss of oblivion.

In other words, never in the social, economic, political and Medical History of this country, did doctors, Nurses and Midwives come out to beg and demand for food, in order to carry out their duties.
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+1 #2 Akot 2019-08-08 20:02
Quoting Lakwena:


what we see as Nurses and Midwives, are simply smartly dressed up hungry and desperate Ugandans; who in order survive in their misery, can easily become mindless and reckless while performing delicate medical duties.

Like stepping in quick sand; under the watchful eyes of Mr. M7's Inspection of Guard of Honor; Ugandans are sinking fast into the abyss of oblivion.

never in the social, economic, political and Medical History of this country, did doctors, Nurses and Midwives come out to beg and demand for food, in order to carry out their duties.


Thanks.

One only wonders why Uganda is the only peaceful country that needs no change of ruler to have a leader!

Why have Ugandans abandoned themselves to be slaves of migrant Museveni who owns the country & decides everything, owns tax money?
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+1 #3 rubangakene 2019-08-08 22:46
If the tax payer's money was used properly, these nurses should be eating the same food that patients in their hospitals are fed.

They can't carry out their important tasks on empty stomachs.
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+3 #4 Lysol 2019-08-09 02:05
These nurses could also bring their own food from home, or eat for free at the hospital cafeteria (if there is any).

The corrupt regime has made everybody greed and expect a lot from taxpayers. On the other hand Museveni could feed them free from the produce of his many farms around the country.
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