Via FrontPageAfrica Online: FrontPageAfrica - Liberia Health Workers Protest Appalling Working Conditions. Excerpt:
Monrovia - Health workers in Liberia are protesting appalling working conditions, including the lack of protective gears for medical practitioners who cater for people with infectious and contagious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Lassa fever and now Ebola.
The Health Workers are decrying that the lack of materials that will protect them while dealing with people affected with these diseases expose them to numerous health hazards while they are the least paid in the Liberian society.
In a petition to Ministers of health of ECOWAS during the 15th ordinary meeting of the assembly of Health Ministers of ECOWAS held in Monrovia recently, the health workers held placards, some of which read “Where are the protective gears for fighting Ebola”, the health workers said while they are dealing people with such dangerous working conditions, they do not even know their monthly income unless notified by bank tellers.
Stated the health Workers petition “Whereas, with the least being earned, we are at the mercy of the bank teller who only announces what is in our account because the current payment system does not allow us to know our payment details. Realizing also, that we overwork, worked on holidays and weekends and in many cases without lunch break yet we are given no bonuses nor paid overtime or any form of allowance nor benefits as is the case of other civil servants in other ministries and agencies added to the fact that 55.00USD have been illegally deducted from our meager incentives”.
The health workers stated that the majority of them are contractors despite the difficulties they are faced with in the performance of their duties.