Intern doctors in Uganda have announced an escalation of their strike that they started on November 6 for better pay, although they continued to work on emergencies and support some staff in hospital wards.
But a letter from the health ministry on Saturday ordered all medical interns who are on strike to leave the health facilities where they are based, within a week.
In response, all interns in public hospitals countrywide announced that from midnight on Sunday, they would cease all work.
The BBC quotes Dr Lillian Nabwire, president of the Association of Medical Intern as saying that medical interns had been taking industrial action since 2017.
“The government has made promises to increase pay, but salaries have not increased,” she added.
A new cohort of interns is meant to start their training in two months, the BBC reports.