Via Awoko.org: Ebola workers at MSF Pregnant women centre in Kissy on strike. Excerpt:
The lives of fourteen (14) Ebola patients, most of whom are pregnant women, children and lactating mothers admitted at the MSF run Ebola Maternity Hospital at Methodist Boys’ High School at Kissy are at stake, as more than 200 of its workers have downed tools for non-payment of hazard allowances.
The angry workers among whom are hygienists, cleaners and other support staff have vowed to make the environment very “unhealthy” if their payments, which are due for three months, are not paid by the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC).
Though a peaceful protest but the demonstrators were a bit unfriendly to officials, especially those who are assigned by either the Ministry of Health and Sanitation or NERC. The main gate of the treatment centre was physically manned by the workers, disallowing the entry of vehicles and individuals into the perimeter fence.
They held placards some of which carried inscriptions like: “No hazard payment no work” and “NERC pay us our dues” among others.
The inscriptions were complemented by utterances depicting displeasure over NERC’s actions against them. In a rather disparaging tone, the workers said: “we are not afraid of the outcome of our action. If NERC does not pay us, we will leave the patients unattended until what will happen happens. We will not mind if Paolo reacts like he did in Kenema. Enough is enough” they yelled.