The Ministry of Health has released 73 Million Shillings to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for nurses allowances carrying out the covid-19 vaccination exercise.
Nurses deployed at several KCCA vaccination centres shunned the exercise protesting the non-payment of their allowances last week,.
On a daily, the nurses are entitled to Shillings 5000, which is meant to facilitate their movement. They had however gone a week without the payment of their allowances.
They also note that the Ministry of Health was non-committal on when they will get the allowances.
Robert Kalumba, the Spokesperson of KCCA says that they received the money on Wednesday and the nurses will receive their arrears on their accounts.
Emmanuel Ainebyoona the Spokesperson Ministry of Health says the 5,000 shillings’ allowances was approved by the Ministry of Public Service. Adding that the Ministry together with the respective local governments is in charge of paying nurses’ allowances.
The Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Union (UNMU) had threatened to mobilize nurses to strike over the lack of allowances.
The President of the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Union Kiplangat Cherop, had made various attempts to get an explanation on the delay of the allowances from the Ministry of Health in vain.