Endless nurses strikes paint a bad picture(uncivilized) on the long serving African government of Uganda: 

10th June, 2022

 

The endless strikes by health workers are a sign of a failed relationship between workers and the government, Dr Rose Nanyonga, an Associate Professor of Nursing Leadership at Clarke University, has said.

“A strike is a symptom of a failed relationship and in this regard, it’s a failed relationship between the nurses and the government because nurses are making demands from the government. The two parties need to agree on whatever the demands,”  Dr Nanyonga told Daily Monitor in an interview on Tuesday.

She said nurses don’t strike that often because they put life first. The nurses suspended their strike four days after the initiation on May 26.

 

Children who are sick without any money for treatment wait patiently for the nurses on strike

“As one of the nurses’ leaders who represent not only the students, but also train a lot of colleagues in the country, I believe it is time to listen to each other. It’s not good to blame each other, it doesn’t lead to a productive solution,” Dr Nanyonga said.

“We still have certain demands that have not been addressed and it’s more prudent for all of us to go back and find what the problem was and construct the solution. When you don’t have access to a well-trained doctor, or a specialist, in most cases you will have access to a nurse so it’s important for stakeholders, patients and Ugandan citizens to actually understand how to handle our health care providers that serve the country,”  she added.

Where the modern African hospitals came from during the colonial times

 

Investing in nurses and  then exporting them

Improve the status of nursing profession

Hold off strike

The UNMU leadership suspended their strike last week after the government, amid threats of sacking the striking workers, signalled to them that the issue of enhancing the salary of the carders will be addressed in the budget for the next financial year.

Nurses, midwives and allied health workers want the government to pay certificate holders Shs1.3m, diploma holders (Shs3 million) and degree holders (Shs4.8 million) in the next financial year. But the government said they will enhance the salaries in a phased manner because of limited resources.

Mr Justus Cherop Kiplangat, the UNMU president, said they got a letter from the Ministry of Public Service and consulted the Ministry of Health before suspending their strike.

“We have not yet seen the money. Sometimes the government can promise and doesn’t deliver. Should that money not be there in the budget, we have given them a notice of 90 days to sort out themselves, because for us we shall go back to industrial action,” he said.

 

Hospitals in Africa started on the voluntary basis through the Christian missions and the medical fraternity.

Mr Cherop admitted that many of their members were against suspending the strike because  they were not sure whether the government will enhance their salary to the required level.

Health officials also met the leaders of allied health professionals last week, and resolved to suspend the strike, which started on May 16, as government resolves the issues of salary enhancement and scheme of service.

 

There is another medical problem patient that has been refused admission in Nakaseke Hospital and his medical condition cannot be shown.  He lives in Bukattira, Lukumbi, Semuto. Luweero region where President Museveni liberated the people of Uganda in a protracted civil war. Please ring +256753278332 to Mr Eri Ssewanyana to help this young man get emergency medical treatment at Mulago hospital.

 

Ekirinsanyusa Yesu kumberera mukiseera ekyokufa

 

What nurses do in their hospital work

· Prescribe medication, examine patients, diagnose illnesses and provide treatment

·Order, interpret, and evaluate diagnostic tests

·Gather health histories, perform physical examinations and diagnostic procedures

·Develop and implement treatment plans

·Dictate and document all patient interactions

· Notify managing physician about unusual or unexpected events or problems

· Effectively communicate with diverse populations, including physicians, employees, patients, and families.

 

Omulwadde ono obulwadde abufunidde Buwalabu. Yetaaga obuyambi bwa malwaliro ga Uganda.

 

 

ABATO NA BAKADDE BONNA BALWALA ENDWADDE

This is the lady usually found on the streets of Kampala:

 

Lwananga Olutalolwo Okulwana Okulungi

Lekanga okweralikirira, Tulina omusaale waffe.

 
 
 
 

The eldery civil servants of Uganda trying to help out betwen the social misery

Yajja lwakwagala kwe

Buliisa Town and the surrounding villages near the oil drilling project in Western Uganda are all suffering environmental flooding for two years now:

An appeal has being on going to the government of Uganda as hunger hits hard the citizens of these places:

 

Written by URN

 

Such flooding has been going on for the last two years and all sorts of  infection is high with humans and wild life

 

Buliisa district flood victims are calling on the government to come to their rescue, saying they are languishing in poverty almost two years after their displaced by the rising water levels in Lake Victoria.

The more than 3,500 flood victims were displaced from the landing sites of Wanseko, Katanga, Masaka, in Kigwera sub-county, Kawaibanda, Butiaba, Boma, Kigangaizi, Tugombili and Walukuba.

Others are from Bugoigo, Piida, Kigungu, Kamagongoro, Serule, Waisoki, Triangle and Magali in Butiaba sub-county, Kabolwa and Kigoya landing sites in Buliisa sub-county.

 

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) earlier donated 137 bags of maize flour, 27 bags of beans, 845 tarpaulins, 217 plastic basins and 1,245 kilometres of sugar to the flood victims in August 2021. But the relief items could not reach all the victims, the majority of whom took refuge in churches, schools and makeshift structures scattered across the area.

 

Their living situation became more miserable when schools reopened and those who were being accommodated in schools had to vacate to give space to learners. They are currently sheltered under trees.

 

Fred Mulyolyo, one of the flood victims at the Bugoigo landing site says that life is very difficult for him and his family after all his three permanent houses were submerged by floods, adding that he has also failed to take back his children to school. Mulyolyo who is currently living in a makeshift structure wonders why the government has ignored them.

 

"We're not really happy with our government. Since we had this [flooding], the government came in as if it was helping us but up to now, there is not any change. We're suffering, my self as I talk here, I have not yet taken my children to school because I have no money. I have no support, I need support from the government. This thing here made us suffer, we don't have anything even what to eat. How can I get money to take my children to school? We need government to come in and intervene in this issue," Mulyolyo said.

 

Ambandoned grass roofed houses floating in flood water

 

Joselyne Tibenda, a mother of four and resident of Butiaba landing site in Butiaba town council has resorted to selling firewood to look after her family after floods submerged her wholesale shop. She says her family can hardly have a meal a day.

 

David Musinguzi, another victim at the Wanseko landing site wonders why the government has not thought of resettling them despite the hardship they are facing.

 

George Mbidi, a resident of the Kigoya landing site in Buliisa sub-county says that life has become extremely difficult for him and his family members ever since the floods submerged their houses. He wants the government to find land and immediately resettle them.

 

Buliisa district chairperson Fred Lukumu has tasked the government to ensure that the flood victims are immediately profiled and resettled by OPM because right now, their condition is appalling. He says they have severally notified the relevant offices for help but since March 2020, nothing much has been done by the government to help the Buliisa flood victims.

 

In August 2021, Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja assured the flood victims that the government was already profiling all flood-affected persons in the district and drafting a comprehensive plan for their resettlement.