Ugandan doctors under their umbrella, the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) are asking the government to consider exempting them from paying the toll fees charged for traveling via the Kampala-Entebbe expressway.
This, UMA says once waived off, will ease their movement while attending to emergencies.
The UMA’s plea comes days after the minister for Works and Transport Gen Katumba Wamala reiterated that the president, ambulances and fire trucks are the only entities that can use Kampala- Entebbe expressway without pay.
The minister however said if the cabinet can amend the regulations, other agencies can be exempted from the toll.
During a January 16 press conference at Mulago hospital, Dr. Sam Oledo, the UMA president asked government to be considerate and listen to their request.
Stressing out the need for handling both night and day time emergencies, Oledo said doctors would need all the available means to reach the facilities as quickly as possible. And this would include passing through the express highway, he said.
“Please can we stop charging doctors using the expressway. Let it be duty free for doctors so that when you give us a duty free vehicle which we expect before the end of January, we can have the red number plates for doctors so that they can drive but for now doctors with their private vehicles allow them to drive freely,” Oledo said.
Oledo also warned that doctors would embark on another industrial action and only attend to emergency cases if president Museveni’s directives on the health sector are not captured in the budget framework paper by May 1 2022.