Uganda Heart institute doctors worried about merger

By Alice Lubwama
The Uganda heart institute has expressed fears that the merger of the institution will affect its operations.

The director of the institute Dr. John Omangino says that the institute now requires super specialized health workers who have put in much time to attain these qualifications noting that by merging it back to Mulago hospital it will undermine the specialists there.

Omagino further said that specialized health workers at the heart institute are now handing in their resignation letters to look for green pastures claiming that the services they offer cannot be recognized by ulago hospital according to the public service standard orders.

He raised the matter as the ministry of health had appeared before the health committee of parliament to present their budget framework papers for the financial year 2019/20.

It’s here still the Uganda heart institute cried out loud for lack of space where to operate from and called parliament to approve the 259bn loan shillings requested by ministry of health for the construction of Uganda heart institute home at Mulago.

Uganda Medical doctors grande conference slated for this week

By Patricia Osman
The first ever Grande doctors conference is scheduled to take place this week in Kampala. The conference organized by the specialists association and the Uganda Medial Association will starts Thursday 11th and runs up to  13th of August in Kampala. The three day conference will run under the theme Implementing Sustainable Health related goals in Uganda,What is the role of the health provider?
The Uganda Medical Association brings together 5,000 medical doctors with a mission of advocating for quality health care and improved welfare of health workers.  Dr. Ekwaru Obuku Uganda Medical Association secretary general says President Yoweri Museveni is expected to close the conference on 13th of August.

Kabale Hospital Intern doctors on strike over unpaid allowances

By Phyllis Wanjiru
Intern doctors at Kabale regional referral hospital have gone on strike over unpaid allowances for 4 months.
According to sources at the hospital, the ministry of health owes the 26 training doctors at least 2.6 million each.  One of the interns that preferred to remain anonymous says they literally run the hospital but the management does not recognize their efforts.
When Capital FM contacted the hospital Director Dr Alex Andema, he said he could not comment on the matter because he is not on ground.  Although a meeting has been called by the hospital management to address the issues, the interns are adamant about attending it saying similar meetings have been held but the outcome has been intimidation and threats against the interns.  They say they will wait until the director returns.