Cuban Doctors Coming to Train Uganda Interns, Says Dr. Atwine

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry of Health Dr. Diana Atwine has said the Cuban doctors that Government has hired will come to train Ugandan doctors on internship, illuminating on fears that they were going to take up jobs of medics in the health sector.

The permanent secretary who was addressing press on Monday said that the doctors would be dispatched to different regional referral hospitals.

Recently, while appearing before the parliamentary committee on Health, Public Service minister Muruli Mukasa and the State minister for General Health Sarah Opendi said government was set to bring in 200 Cuban medical doctors.

Government, the ministers said, will pay each Cuban doctor about $1,500 (about Shs5.4m) per month. A most paid local doctor currently earns Shs4.5m per month.

The National Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) had since protested the move, saying that Uganda does not lack health specialists, but rather because of poor remuneration that they had resorted to private sector.

Speaking to media, Dr. Atwine also dismissed rumours that were making rouds that the doctors had already arrived in the country.

“We’ve not seen any Cuban in the country. If they came in, they sneaked in illegally … maybe they’re on holiday or they are tourists,” she said.

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