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Veterinary doctors threaten to strike over poor pay

Dr. Sylvia Baluka Angubua, the president of Uganda Veterinary Association. File photo.

Barely few days after doctors called off their strikes, veterinary doctors under their association Uganda Veterinary Association are up in arms, threatening to put their tools down.

The veterinary doctors also want government to increase their salaries, improve on the working environment and also rehabilitate the laboratories, where they conduct their research.

“We deal with animals which spread diseases to human beings. But we lack equipment like gloves. Moving in upcountry is expensive and therefore, we are asking Government to look into these issues,”said Dr. Sylvia Baluka Angubua, the president of Uganda Veterinary Association.

In agreement the striking doctors signed with government last week, it accepted to revise it with the lowest earning sh5m from sh1.3m,in the coming financial year and that government through the Prime Minister should put the commitment in writing. .

The strike had paralyzed services at government hospitals and health centres. Patients were seen stranded and others were seen seeking health services at the private clinics.

Angubua also wants government to revive the current laws, governing the livestock industry, which she said no longer relevant and were enacted in 1960s. This will enable all the stakeholders in the industry, Anguaba stressed to play their role effectively.

She gave an example of a fine of Shs200, for a victim caught mistreating animals, a punishment she termed as unfair.

The association was established to provide affordable and accessible quality education to rural families so as to contribute to rural transformation.

The association measures its success in terms of sustainable development impact in the communities where the institutions are located.

It also focuses on knowledge transfer and uses a collaborative approach that combines analytical skills, practical solutions, and sound management.

The association has five regional branches, which Northern, Eastern, Western, Central, West -Nile with fully registered members who are over 600.

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