Health workers at Pajule Health Centre IV in Pader District have locked patients out of the hospital and laid down their tools to protest the lack of personal protective gear.
The health centre is Pader’s biggest medical facility that serves the biggest number of patients as far as basic medical and HIV/AIDS services are concerned.
Protective gear include clothing, masks, gloves, or other gear that protects a person from exposure to noxious chemicals or transmissible diseases.
The last stock of hand gloves and face masks was last delivered at the facility in February and health workers here; have been working without basic protective items like hand gloves, masks and more.
When COVID-19 broke out in March, no critical items like face masks for health workers were sent to the hospital.
“For two months, we have been getting excess masks and gloves from other smaller health facilities in the district to help us work but that is not sustainable since every facility is facing a scarcity,” a health worker at the facility who requested for anonymity, to speak freely, said on Monday. “Time came when we conditioned patients to buy masks for us to work on them but the price has spiked from Shs500 a pair to Shs3,000.”
Mr Tito Brilliant Okello, the Pajule Sub-county chairman told Daily Monitor that attempts to intervene and convince the health workers to resume work were futile.