Via RT News: Liberia’s nurses go on strike amid Ebola outbreak. Excerpt:
In the midst of an Ebola outbreak Liberia’s nurses from the country’s largest hospital went on strike Monday. Calling for higher salaries, they also demanded equipment to protect them from the Ebola virus that has killed hundreds in Liberia.
The nurses will not go back to work until they have “personal protective equipment (PPEs)”, the hazmat-style suits that protect against the spread of the disease, AFP quoted a spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia’s John F. Kennedy hospital, John Tugbeh, as saying.
Despite Ebola being a deadly threat – with 694 registered deaths in Liberia alone – local medics have not been adequately protected against the infection, he said.
“From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs,” Tugbeh said.
Last week, the head of the Centers for Disease Control in the United States warned that the situation in West Africa remains grim.
“I wish I didn’t have to say this, but it is going get worse before it gets better,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden told the Associated Press this week upon completion of a trip to Liberia.