By Julius Mugaga/ KMA Updates
KAMPALA, UGANDA: Medical Laboratory Professionals in various government health facilities have been asked to report back for duty with effect from 15th January 2022 as government has committed itself to have their issues handled within one month from 12th January 2022 to 12th February 2022.
(L) Ms.Tumwine Angela, 2nd Vice President of Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) reading a Press Statement before journalists yesterday at Mulago Guest House, (R) is Ms.Nabuddo Sylvia, Deputy Secretary General, UMLTA. Photo by Julius Mugaga.
Laboratory Professionals under their umbrella, Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) officially announced the posing of their industrial action that has been there since 21st December, 2021. It will be noted that all Medical Laboratory Professionals in all Government facilities laid down their work tools as a result of delayed and poor response from responsible Government authorities.
This followed reception of a letter from Hon. Minister Ministry of Public service on the 23rd December, 2021 referenced ADM 218/264/01 Vol.5 and dated 21st December 2021, that indicated that most of our issues were being handled.
However like before in a response from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health dated 16th December 2021, it did not have timelines to satisfy whether their concerns would be handled.
Mr. Wabuyi Patrick, the first Vice President in charge of discipline and training at the Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) listening to questions from Journalists after reading a Press Statement yesterday. Photo by Julius Mugaga.
These further had a meeting on the 11th January, 2022 with Hon Minister of Ministry of Public Service, various commissioners from the Human resources department, Ministry of Local government, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Finance to further internalize their issues.
Ms. Tumwine Angela, 2nd Vice President of Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA). Photo by Julius Mugaga.
In the letter dated 21st December 2021, from the ministry of public service, the following were supposed to be met;
the uptake of graduate Laboratory cadre, streamlining salary scales from Medical 2 to Medical 1, Substantial Appointment of Medical Laboratory personnel to a position of Assistant District health officer Lab services (ADHO Lab services) and providing for growth of Laboratory personnel in local government facilities to senior positions.
The following however are supposed to be done within one month from 12th January 2022;
Concluding the ongoing restructuring of the Ministry of Health and give special consideration to the Medical Laboratory Cadre to address the identified gaps in line with the Scheme of service.
Mr. Muyingo Yusuf Lule, the Publicity Secretary of Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) responding to Luganda Questions posed by Journalists. Photo by Julius Mugaga.