By Johanna Mpindi
The director Health Monitoring Unit Dr. Jackson Ojera Abusu has appealed to the director Uganda Medical Association UMA Dr. Ekwaru and his team to consider the country’s resource capacity before holding the treasury at ransom.
The call follows a declared industrial action by the medical officers slated to commence on the 6th of November incase government fails to adhere to their salary increment demands.
Jackson Ojera was speaking at a Press briefing held by Health Monitoring Unit in response to the recent statement of the demands by Uganda Medical Association (UMA)at Media Centre in Kampala.
“Doctors demanding for emoluments raise of a doctor up to a tune of Shs.48 million is unsustainable for a developing country like Uganda.” said Dr. Jackson Ojera
Dr. Jackson adds that while they feel the plight of doctors and have been actually at the forefront in urging government for better remuneration, the health monitoring unit finds the actions of UMA leadership as grossly misleading, frivolous and undermining public confidence in the health care sector.
He has however appreciated Uganda Medical Association for trying to bring together doctors within Uganda and those in the diaspora under one umbrella to pursue delivery of quality health care and promoting welfare of doctors.