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Doctors in Ebola zone strike over safety fears

Trainee medics battling Ebola in Uganda's virus epicentre accuse the government of putting their lives at risk.

"Most times you come into contact with a patient and you use your bare hands," one worker told the BBC anonymously.

All trainees at Mubende's regional hospital say they are on strike and are demanding to be moved somewhere safer.

But Ugandan health ministry spokesman Emmanuel Ainebyoona told the BBC there was "no strike at the hospital".

Yet all 34 of the hospital's interns - including doctors, pharmacists and nurses - have announced their decision to strike in a joint statement. They say they are being put at undue risk because they lack appropriate safety kit, risk allowances and health insurance.

Six interns at the hospital have already been exposed to the virus, and are awaiting their test results in isolation.

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Source: BBC News, 26 September 2022


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