Government has said that it will pay senior health officers their arrears. The decision was reached during a Monday cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
In the same meeting, the Ministry of Finance was tasked to avail funds to pay medical interns.
The developments were confirmed by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Dr Chris Baryomunsi and the Uganda Medical Association Secretary General Dr. Herbert Luswata.
The decision comes after several demands from medical students and doctors’ associations, who have been advocating for fair compensation of medical interns
Police yesterday fired teargas canisters to disperse and arrested at least nine pre-medical interns during their nationwide protests.
The pre-interns were protesting the delayed deployment and the government’s plan to scrap the payment of allowances for some interns from private schemes or private medical institutions.
Pre-medical interns are doctors, pharmacists, and nurses who have already graduated from medical school but need to undergo a one-year placement in the hospital to get permanent practising licence from their professional councils.