The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has given the government three months to provide protective equipment and pharmaceuticals to health professionals, as well as to fulfill other promises that will allow them to operate in a safe atmosphere.
The ultimatum was issued by UMA General Secretary Dr. Mukuzi Muhereza during a press conference in Fort Portal Tourism City on Tuesday. Medics in numerous health centers across the country have continued to risk their lives treating COVID-19 patients without protective gear, exposing them to infection, he stated.
Medics are also dissatisfied, according to Dr. Mukuzi, because the government has failed to follow through on promises to improve their salary and benefits. He disclosed that five key health units of their colleagues across the country have already declared that industrial action will take place on November 6, 2021, if the government fails to keep its promises.
Dr. Richard Idro, President of the Uganda Medical Association, praised doctors for their dedicated work during the pandemic and encouraged them to get vaccinated to avoid catching the coronavirus.
Due of the Covid-19 issue, Dr. Mark Bwanika, director of Rocket Health Uganda, was honored to deliver medical supplies to key health units across the country on behalf of other fundraisers. Dr. Oscar Kaliisa, Deputy Director of Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital, told the team that as doctors, they are concerned about the population’s noncompliance with normal operating protocols, which he believes will feed COVID-19 infections in the city.