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Museveni promises to increase lunch allowances for nurses

President Museveni inspecting a guard of honour by nurses

President Museveni inspecting a guard of honour by nurses

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has promised to increase lunch allowances for health workers in the country.

The president was speaking at the national celebrations for the International Day for Nurses and Midwives held at Kyamate secondary school playground in Ntungamo municipality on Sunday.

He was responding to calls by the president of Uganda Nurses and Midwives Union, Justus Cherop Chillingati who revealed that the Shs 2000 allowance is too little and called for its increment to Shs 15,000. The president also revealed that the nurses will also be helped to focus on specialised training in a bid to improve service delivery.  

Museveni further called on the nurses to focus on service delivery above self, saying that the economy is still growing and cannot accommodate all their demands. He revealed that issues such as roads and extension of electricity are also key and consume a big percentage of the national budget.

Health minister Dr Ruth Aceng said there are plans to continue training more nurses in the country. Although over 6,000 nurses are trained annually in Uganda there is still a significant short fall - with 1 nurse serving 11000 people in the country.

On May 12, countries around the world come together to celebrate the International Nurses Day (IND). The celebrations were held under the theme “Nurses a voice to lead – health is a human right”.

Earlier in the day, Museveni presided over the launch of Ntungamo Development Sacco at Ntungamo district headquarters and also laid a foundation stone at Ntungamo Health Training Institute in Nyarututu sub county.

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+1 #1 kabayekka 2019-05-13 13:03
It is unfortunate that this leader in government gives shillings 2000 that is about half a dollar to each of the national nurses every month to sort out their needs after a national wage of about 60 dollars per month.

These are international health workers who need better reimbursement in this country.
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+1 #2 Lakwena 2019-05-13 18:30
Mr. M7 should give Ugandans a break. He told Ugandans, loud and clear that he is in our State House, busy fighting only for himself and family.

But here he is, shamelessly telling Nurses "to focus on service delivery above self, ..."

In other words, instead of begging Mr M7 to give them this, do this; Ugandans will be better off, if they started telling Mr. M7 to leave their State House.

Otherwise, why must it be Mr. M7 to promise the increment of lunch allowance to public servant? The man is a professional conman.

For another 33 years, there will still be no lunch allowance.
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+1 #3 Lakwena 2019-05-13 18:36
Mr. M7 told the world that he is friendless. Therefore, only fools and sycophants will sit and/or stand to listen to such a person.

In other words, a friendless person is a faithless and dishonest above all (deceitful above all things).
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+2 #4 Lysol 2019-05-13 20:54
Nonsense, let those nurses bring their own cooked food from home.

Those who work in the hospitals can eat free or at the discounted rates.

At best he can raise the pays for those medics. The old demented clown is BS as always and making false promises for cheap political gains.
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0 #5 Mubiru 2019-05-14 19:30
According to the title it appears as if Museveni makes donations from his own pocket. If that is the case then the man must be one of the richest people on earth which might evidently not be the case.

Which leads anyone to ask that what is the difference between the national revenue purportedly kept by the national treasury and Museveni's "personal" money bag from which he deeps out millions to justify the heading of the article?

And where and how does the government's Auditor General come in?
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0 #6 Lysol 2019-05-14 21:20
That photo is fake or doctored( to look young) That is not Museveni.

Those young ladies were fooled. There is a body double which he uses (like most dictators) . Will find out soon.
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0 #7 rubangakene 2019-05-14 22:01
These nurses are saints; they go out of their way to sacrifice the extra mile to ensure patients are well cared for under difficult situations.

Food should be provided free when they are on duty, full stop.
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