Uganda government is planning to export close to 1,000 medical workers to the war torn North African country- Libya. This follows a request to Ugandan government to supply medical personnel by hospital in Benghazi, Libya’s second biggest city.
“We are now doing underground work. Our diplomatic people are trying to first establish the safety of the workers, the working conditions in Benghazi Milton Turyasiima, the commissioner of employment services in the labour ministry, told Reuters.
He added: If they finish that work today or tomorrow, then we’ll be ready to send these people. They would include a mix of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.
Ugandan doctors are poorly paid. As such many have left the country for greener pastures mainly South Sudan, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and South Africa Some have ended up in South Sudan. More than 200 Ugandan doctors are said to be working in South Sudan.
Statistics from Uganda Medical and Dental practioners Council indicate nearly 50 percent of the registered medical practioners have left the country in past ten years for greener pastures, as government continues to struggle to pay them a reasonable salary, besides recruiting them.
On average, medical officers in Uganda are paid a gross salary of Ugx. 850,000, consultants Ugx. 1.3m, while senior consultants earn Ugx. 2.3 m. Across in Rwanda, the starting salary for medical officer is about Ugx. 3.5m.
About 200 doctors graduate from approved medical institutions in Uganda: Makerere University, Gulu University, Mbarara University if Science and Development, and Kampala University.