Doctors, Government clash over pay for Ebola frontline workers

The Uganda Medical Association (UMA) has clashed with the Health ministry over risk allowance and compensation plans for health workers managing patients with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). 
Addressing journalists in Kampala yesterday, Dr Samuel Oledo, the UMA president, said health workers who are treating EVD have not yet signed or received any risk allowance from the government. 

The disease has killed eight out of 38 confirmed cases, meaning it kills around 21 percent of those infected, according to the Health ministry. 

This is several times higher than Covid-19 case-fatality rate which was at around 3-5 percent. 
Dr Oledo also questioned the ministry over their failure to compensate families of health workers who died in the line of duty during the Covid-19 pandemic. 
Dr Aaron Nahabwe, the UMA head of welfare, said during Covid-19, the government was paying doctors a risk allowance Shs80,000 per duty.But part of this money has not been paid up to now.