However, the interns are supposed to have reported to the various internship centers by April 01st but to date they are unaware when training will start as they haven’t heard from MOH even after threats to strike.
According to Adson Tumuhimbise, a Pre-Intern from Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) they only received information that government had written to hospital directors informing them that commencement of internship would delay.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the MOH Public Relations Officer confirmed this to URN saying that they are struggling to find money for allowances for the more than a thousand interns who will be joining. Each intern is paid a monthly allowance of 2.5million shillings for a period of one year.
Ainebyoona says the decision about when interns report will depend on the consensus reached by Ministries of Health, Education and Finance.
Meanwhile, their counterparts, the SHOs who are supposed to earn a monthly allowance of 1.8million shillings went on strike and reported back to the hospitals before their pay grievances could be completely solved.
Their representative Dr. Robert Lubega says they resolved to report back to work when the Ministry made part payments to some of the 536 SHOs. Now, he says they are perturbed to learn that government is proposing to erase allowances and only offer them accommodation and food.