Monday, 13 October 2014

EBOLA: Liberia Health Workers Begin Indefinite Strike Today

Thousands of Liberian healthcare workers are set to begin an indefinite strike at midnight on Monday which could undermine the country's effort to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus and leave several hundred patients without care, dna India reported.

Health workers in the West African nation threatened to abandon hundreds of patients in Ebola treatment units, clinics and hospitals if demands for better incentives, working conditions and protective equipment were not met.

A meeting to resolve their grievances on October 10 ended in a deadlock with the government refusing to meet their demands, said George Williams, secretary general of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia. "The government of Liberia has not changed their posture. They do not want to engage us so that we can talk," Williams said. "Time is running out, by 1200 midnight on Monday morning, we will be starting the go-slow action."

Liberia's deputy health minister Matthew Flomo said the government was not aware of health workers planning to strike. "What I do know is that the government has reached an agreement with health workers for their payment, which will be as of September, beginning Monday," Flomo said.

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