District Health Officers on Thursday evening stormed Parliament demanding for a salary increment of 48.1 percent.
The medical administrators under their umbrella body of Association of District Health Officers of Uganda tendered their petition to Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga; making a case that they were left out in the recent wage revision.
The petition handed to Kadaga by the association’s Chairperson, David Ivan Kamya stated that District Health Officers now numbering 127 want their monthly remunerations enhanced from Shs 2.7m to Shs 4m representing a 48.1 percentage increase.
Kamya noted that the 2018/2019 salary increase for medical doctors has resulted to a drastic and weird disparity where by the medical doctors are now earning more than their supervisors.
He remarked that dental surgeons and principal medical officers are now earning Shs 3m and Shs 3.7m respectively yet they are all below the rank of district health officer.
“We were left out in the current financial year’s budgeting. Officers like dental surgeons are now being paid Shs 3m, principal medical officer 3.7m leaving us at 2.7m,” said Kamya.
“The supervisory works of district health officers have been affected by the disparity. We have been demotivated.”
The Speaker promised to write to the Ministry of Public Service to address the concerns of the district health officers.