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President M7 orders Finance Ministry to pay intern doctors.

Following various protests countrywide by pre-interns over scrapping allowances, the President has directed the ministry of Finance to avail funds for their allowances.
During a cabinet meeting on Monday, President Museveni directed the Finance Ministry not to scrap payments for medical interns.
Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, says that a cabinet meeting resolved on Monday to discuss the payment issues concerning medical interns, Senior House Officers, and Senior Doctors, who have been on strike.
However, she explained that the meeting did not reach a definitive conclusion regarding when the medical interns, who were initially supposed to commence training on April 1st, would report to various hospitals across the country. This is pending a commitment from the Ministry of Finance regarding funding.
On Monday morning, several pre-medical interns were arrested while planning to march to the Office of the President to express their dissatisfaction over non-deployment and a move by the government to scrap their allowances.
The doctors were blocked from Galloway House at the Dean’s gardens inside the College of Health Sciences at Mulago Hospital, where they had intended to address the Media.

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