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Mulago Hospital calls for crisis meeting over interns strike

KAMPALA, UGANDA: Mulago National Referral Hospital top led by the Executive Director – Dr Byarugaba Baterana has called for a crisis meeting over the continued strike by medical interns.

Through an Internal circular dated December 13th, 2021, Byarugaba directed that the meeting will take place on Tuesday morning (today) starting at 9:00 am at the Mulago Hospital Boardroom in Kampala

The meeting according to the circular will among others be attended by the Deputy Executive Director, the Head of Surgery, the clinical heads of medicine, pediatrics, support services , accounts, procurement and disposal, human resources, and the principal nursing officer among others.

Dr. Byarugaba notes that the meeting agenda will focus on the interns’ industrial action which is threatening to paralyze work at the the facility and also discuss the welfare of the staff at the hospital. 

The emergency meeting comes after several medical associations announced that they would lay down their tools after the Director of Medical Services in the Ministry of Health Dr Henry Mwebesa directed the interns who are on strike to vacate the government hospitals within the next week.

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However, the Center for Health, Human Rights Development, a legal aid organisation Executive Director Mulumba Moses yesterday asked Dr. Mwebesa to retract his directive within two weeks or else be dragged to court.

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