Medical workers in Masaka Referral Hospital are threatening to strike over what they called exploitation by government. The threat comes just two days after their colleague collapsed and died while on duty.
The more than 300 medical workers, including doctors, nurses, and midwives, say they have developed stress-related diseases because of being overworked by their bosses, claiming it was workload and stress that caused the death their colleague, a senior midwife.
Nurses and midwives say they are the most exploited. “We are fade-up of too much workload imposed on us and our bosses should value our lives. Do they want us to die like our fellow midwife Peggy Nabukeera?” one of the nurses angrily asked, adding that “if nothing is done to improve on our working conditions, we are totally ready to stage a sit-down strike.”
On Monday, a long-serving midwife, Peggy Nabukeera Kaggwa, collapsed in a theatre and died after she had successfully operated on two mothers in labour. The nurses said although Nabukeera was suffering from throat cancer, she died of stress caused by overworking.