Medical interns in the country serving public health facilities have today declared a start to their strike following the dangerous conditions they are working in as they battle to save lives.
In a meeting held today at Mulago, the interns led by their president, Robert Lubega, state that they are paid less, over worked, have no equipment to use while treating patients coupled with intimidation from the health ministry which they say have made their work very hard.
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Lubega confirms that they are not students and practicing to become real medical practitioners rubbishing the threats put against them by the state and declaring a strike effective mid night following 52% voting calling for the strike.
Humana rights lawyers Nicholas Opiyo, Moses Mulumba from CEHURD and Andrew Karamagi added a voice to the strike saying all workers be it interns or anyone else has a right to lay down his tools in case of any disagreement with their bosses.
Opiyo castigated government for bullying medics instead of attending to their demands which acts he termed illegal.
The interns believe the decision to lay down their tools is the only way their working environment will be made better.