THE Government has provided sh18b for the enhancement of health workersâ€™ salaries, workersâ€™ MP Dr. Sam Lyomoki has said.
Lyomoki said President Yoweri Museveni assured health workers at State House, Entebbe, on Thursday that the enhancement would take effect from July 1.
Recently, health workers throughout the country threatened to strike if the Government did not increase their salaries.
According to Lyomoki, who is the general secretary of the Uganda Medical Workers Union, the health workers had asked for sh34b.
He noted that with this money, the lowest paid health worker would have walked way with sh400,000 a month.
He told The New Vision on Friday that details regarding the take-home package for each health worker after the enhancement would be worked out by the union, together with the ministries of public service and health.
The four-hour meeting was attended by health minister Dr. Stephen Mallinga, permanent secretary Mary Nanono, the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Sam Zaramba, and about 200 health workers from various districts.
Lyomoki, who read the health workers memorandum, said the President also assured that the Government would build houses for workers in health units.
The workers agreed with the President about making health a priority and urged that the sector get more funding in the future.
The workers said low pay caused some of them to look for higher-paying jobs abroad, while encouraging laxity in their work.
They also talked about improvement of housing and duty allowance to care for issues such as work-related risks.
â€œWe pledged to support him in 2011 to continue leading the country,â€ Lyomoki said.
Medics get sh18b pay boost