Doctors have suspended the industrial action after the government, through the Ministry of Finance, committed itself to a supplementary budget to address the chronic lack of medical supplies.
Addressing the media at Mulago Hospital, Uganda Medical Association chairman Dr. Ekwaru Obuku said the medics has just suspended the strike as they review government’s reaction towards the challenges they face.
“Consequently, we have efficiently, effectively and with higher ethics and professionalism executed the doctor’s industrial action but success of the strike will be seen after government’s reaction towards solving medics grievances,” the doctors, who were set to resume industrial action tomorrow, said after tele-conferencing with finance minister Matia Kasaija.
According to Dr. Obuku, doctors under UMA will go on strike again in April 2018 if government doesn’t address their grievances in the budgetary allocations.
“The government has made too much investment in roads forgetting the human capital yet it can be the engine of social economic transformation,” Dr. Obuku said.
He lauded Ugandans who supported them during the period of industrial action and vowed to continue championing the cause of the less privileged.