President commends Nurses for Shunning Strike by some Medical Doctors

Saturday 12th May 2018
President Yoweri Museveni has commended Nurses for not participating in a recently staged strike by medical doctors.
“Thank you for not participating in the strike that was recently staged by some doctors. Thank you for being patriotic. Nurses are a very crucial link in health care. You are in a service which is in a very high demand. On the same note, you are on a very high demand globally,” he said.
The President was officiating at the 14th Annual Scientific Conference and International Nurses’ Day celebrations that took place today in the Boma Grounds in Kitgum Town in Northern Uganda. The celebrations ran under the theme ‘Nurses: A voice to lead – Health is a Human Right.’ The Nurses’ celebrations are meant to recognize the vital role
The 4-day conference saw Nurses from all over Uganda present scientific papers. The celebrations are meant to recognize the vital role that Nurses and Midwives play in achieving better health for individuals, families and communities. Uganda today has 54,000 nurses and 23,000 of them are in Government Service.
During the celebrations, the President presented awards to 2 nurses; Florence Awati and Rosemary Aya for their outstanding contribution to society particularly in caring for Ebola patients. He also presented an award to Nurse Petua Kiboko Olobo from Lira based for nursing the first Ebola patients in Gulu Referral Hospital.
Mr. Museveni who assured them that they were in the right place at the right time, also pledged to study the fees structure to lessen the burden on their parents towards their training. While pledging to build houses for medical personnel to enable them live near their work places, he said the NRM Government was fully committed to providing the necessary equipment to the health sector.
President Museveni was pleased that the celebrations were held in Kitgum District an area where the Government has succeeded in building permanent good roads. He observed that the construction of roads throughout the country is one of government’s set priorities adding that roads’ building was one of the reasons for postponing salary increment in Government service. He disclosed that the Minister of Public Service would soon announced new salary rates Government scientists, including medical doctors and nurses, would be the first to get salary increment. He, however, gave assurances that Government wants other civil servants to get good salaries but urged them to be patient.
President Museveni pledged to sponsor 18 Nurses, one from each of the 18 zones and directed the Nurses’ Union to nominate the students.
During the celebrations, commissioned the Nurses’ SACCO and pledged a donation of Shs. 1 billion effective July 2018.
Mr. Justus Cheron Kiplangat, who is President of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, the celebrations in Kitgum were also in remembrance of Florence Nightingale, the founder of the Nursing profession. ENDS