In the wake of the struggling economic crisis facing the Country, Liberia’s health sector appears to be experiencing multiple challenges over the period.
On Thursday morning September 26, 2019 aggrieved Nurses of the Nation’s number one referral Hospital, the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center again stage a strike action in demand of their delay salary including the controversial salary harmonization exercise.
The professional health workers laid down all of their medical gadgets, stood in front of the JFK main entrance on 21st Street in Sinkor under a heavy rain with thunder storm chanted slogans and holding placards with several inscriptions calling on national government to pay them.
According to some of them the current situation is alarming and requires urgent attention.
They alleged that due to their decision to abandon job, officials at the JFK have recruited some inexperienced students and untrained individuals to take care of critical patients something they noted is dangerous.
The angry nurses feared and described such as a health gamble to the innocent patient lives.
According to sources senior staff of the hospital as a result of the nurses’ action are now working overtime from all four levels of the hospital facilities to ensure they help mitigate the overwhelmed situation created by the nurses.
The professional health workers’ decision came less than two days after government announced a payment plan for all aggrieved health workers nationwide but it appears like the nurses are inpatients and are not seeing and light to ensure they get their salary on time and as promised though Finance Minister Samuel Tweah assured them and noted it is also a process but will be completed soon.
Unlike Politicians who make fabulous salaries which was recently disclosed by Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon in the tune of over 15,000usd and 29,700.00ld monthly, service providers to include: Health Workers/ Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, Police Officers, Army personnel, Immigration and Fire Fighters usually earn a little that barely can sustain they and their family members.
It can be recalled that Senator Dillon Tuesday September 24, 2019 launched a one-man campaign calling for they (lawmakers) to reduce their salaries and share the balance with relevant service providers to include: Health Workers, Teachers and Security personnel among others.
But his one-man campaign appears like he may be fighting a losing battle against over 102 lawmakers.
Meanwhile due to the intensity and significance of the role the nurses played in the sector, Deputy Information Minister Eugene Fahngon on a local radio station assured the aggrieved workers that they will begin receiving their salaries soon.
Until that can be actualized the current situation at the JFK is still unclear up till press time as the nurses remained unbinding in their quest to ensure their demands are perfectly met.