The Observer (Kampala)

15 January 2014

Uganda: Iganga Fires 30

Lack of funds has forced the Iganga district local government to let go of 30 health workers, who have been offering voluntary services.

According to a January 10 letter from the Iganga Chief Administrative Officer Mulira Mukasa to the hospital administrator Stephen Waako, the district currently lacks funds to pay the allowances of the voluntary staff.

Each volunteer, including; nursing assistants, nursing aides, and midwives was receiving Shs 150,000 per month in allowances to help reduce on the workload of the main hospital staff.

However, their layoff also comes at a time when volunteers have been accused of frequently demanding for money from patients in order to provide medical services. In response, Waako admitted that the termination of volunteers' services was likely to paralyze work at the hospital.

The hospital requires an extra 70 health workers to deal with the workload.

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