By Our reporter
Medical workers have been warned against engaging in strikes if there is to be effective service delivery in the health sector.
This warning was sounded by Kenneth Bigabwa, an examination official from Uganda Nurses & Midwives Examinations Board while speaking at the 2nd graduation ceremony of Rugarama School of Nursing and Midwifery that was held at the institution premises in Kabale municipality.
22 students were awarded certificates in enrolled nursing and 48 in midwifery.
Early this month medical workers under their umbrella Uganda Medical Association (UMA) laid down their tools after the government of failed to show seriousness in handling their demands for a pay rise and improved working conditions.
They also want government to enhance their allowances including overtime, housing, transport and medical risk among others.
Bigabwa said the medical workers should always act professionally and seek dialogue on the issues of concern to them than striking. He said a strike would not benefit members of the community who depend on the hospital services instead it leaves them suffering.
“It is unfortunate to find medics who took oath to serve faithfully striking which is against their professional ethics. I pray that our graduates do not join the same group of selfish people who advocate for strikes,” said Bigambwa.
Preaching during the graduation service, the Diocesan mission coordinator for the diocese of Kigezi Rev. Joshua Owoyesiga urged the graduates to work diligently under the guidance of God so as to serve the community professionally.
“Medics are special people in our community. What they do determines our survival and that is why we would love to see you serve with one heart,” said Owoyesiga.
The Commissioner Business, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (BTVET), Hajat Safina Musenne who delegated the Senior Education Officer in Business, Technical, Vocational Education and
Training Simon Edeku called on the graduates to work together, be time conscious and give quality services to patients if service delivery in the health sector is to be improved.
“Time management is important in this profession. Treat the patients that go through your hands with a good attitude,” he said.