By UG Reports

LIRA: A number of patients who are turning up to seek treatment at various government health facilities across Lango sub-region are stranded as nurses join their colleagues for the nationwide industrial actions over salary increment, according to VoL.

On Wednesday, the chairperson of Uganda nurses and midwiferies, Cherop Justus Kiplangat issued a notice declaring nationwide industrial actions today until the government comes out to increase their salaries as demanded.

In Dokolo district, according to the district health officer Dr. Samuel Ojok, in a telephone interview with VoL, said their nurses have joined the strike and are unable to force them to go back on duty.

Dr. Ojok explains that the nurses are handling exceptional cases like patients in emergency situations and mothers in the maternity ward.

In Alebtong district, the acting district health officer Dr. Tonny Odung says their hands are tied from using any other means to persuade the nurses because their demand is also genuine.

However, in Amach health center IV, the in charge Dr. Isaac Orech said that they are working normally unlike some of their colleagues in other government health facilities.

The secretary health and education at Kole district Daniel Todo informed us that they had requested their health workers especially the nurses not to join the strike because it will negatively affect the lives of people who are sick and need urgent medical attention.

Meanwhile the LC V of Amolatar district Geoffrey Ocen has also weighed in that the government should come in to respond to the nurses’ and midwives’ demands so that health services are effectively delivered.

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