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Salary Demands: Open Letter to Striking Doctors and Medical Workers

posted onNovember 29, 2017
Michael Woira

Dear Doctors, our senior health experts,

I am Woira, a Ugandan Patriot but from a family background with many medical health workers. I have read your demands and agree that the salary you get is little compared to what doctors get in other states. It takes years of intensive study, hard physical and mental work, and unsocial hours of duty. It is quite legitimate to seek higher salary and allowances reflective of your years of training. I am with you in your demands as many more Ugandans are.

But I must divert from your company and methodology, deplore and denounce you for the means you have chosen to have your demands fulfilled. It is a conduct unbecoming of a doctor. Bluntly speaking, you should be ashamed to call yourself a doctor. On graduation, you took a Hippocratic Oath. What you are doing is simply violating that sacred oath, which puts you doctors on a higher pedestal in any society - a role model for all.

Think, who goes to government hospitals? It is the poor, deprived, and destitute. Those who live in huts and shacks on the pavements, the very poor, those with emergencies etc who constitute the majority of the population. They are suffering and dying because of your actions. Tell me, are they the ones who will make decisions about your demands? Certainly not. So, why have you targeted them? What harm have they done to you? Your action is nothing sort of irresponsible and criminal act. Can you not see that by targeting these poor and deprived you are alienating those whom you should be bringing to your side and make them sympathize with your just demands? By your actions, you have not only lost their trust but made them your enemy for the rest of your life, for the near and dear ones they have lost on account of your actions will always be remembered.

If incase this isn’t political, then there is no reason for you learnt people to continue striking yet you even still want your jobs back in case the issue is sorted. If I am to ask anyway, will you take back the salary on your accounts for the time you have taken off duty? Will you refund it back since you will be receiving it without work being done? I say this without fear of you backfiring at me because many people have died in my presence ever since you started striking and I know the pain that the families of these people are going through. By your action, you have given proof of moral decline to a level of decay. I am very sure in the earlier days of independence, health workers never proved to be disastrous like you are presently. Maybe I should also say that issues suffered by today’s doctors were unknown during those days.

I support your alarm and noise by Dr. (Ekwaro) Obuku your politically motivated ring leader for any unjust laws or unfairness to you. But not in a way that harms innocents. Think of protesting in a different way which doesn't harm the poor and the disadvantaged. Go back to work, see these patients, make them aware to your plights, gain their sympathy and bring them on your side as these other issues are sorted by the commission that was put in place to work on the salary disparities.

I know many of you are reaping a lot of money during this period because some of us have analyzed your strike and found out the other side of it, one of my friend doctor told me that ever since the strike started the statistics show that private hospitals, clinics and pharmacies have got high numbers of patients and this has really worked out for all these doctors who have private workplaces, you are now directing all patients to your private work places and overcharging them for the services. As a person who foresees issues at times, I see you still want the strike to go on because you are reaping a lot of money from patients who are using your facilities, do all you are doing but just know you are punishing your fellow human beings, being a doctor shouldn’t let you think that you are next to God and you act and arrogantly speak like the ring leader has been doing since the activism started.

Michael Woira, Patriotic Ugandan

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