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Allied Health Workers Call Off Strike

By Rosette Nandutu,

Allied Health workers have agreed to call off the strike after reassurance from the government that the issues that prompted them to put down their tools will be worked on by the Ministry of Health and other relevant government agencies.

Dr Patrick Alibu, the chairperson of the Allied Health workers, said that after meeting Health ministry officials, they agreed to resume their work as they wait for the government to act on their issues.

Mr Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Health ministry spokesperson, confirmed the development, saying the meeting had been successful and that the health workers had agreed to go back to work with immediate effect.

Late last month, the Allied Health Professionals Alliance and Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union (UNMU) called for separate industrial actions, accusing the government of failure to implement the collective bargaining agreement made in 2017 to have their pay increased.

The strike left many patients in public hospitals stranded which increased fatalities.

The government gave a three-day ultimatum to the striking health workers and days later arrested some doctors who had refused to report back to work over pay.