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Several health workers in Nimba County have threatened to take the county’s health team to court over an 11 Million Liberian Dollars saga. The aggrieved health workers told The NewDawn correspondent in Nimba that their position is based on the lack of transparency by the county health team in handling the money reportedly sent to the county by the Government of Liberia.

The head for the Nimba County health workers association, Tilekpeh Weh-Johnson, said out of the amount in question, officers-in-charge or senior officers of health facilities in the county are to receive 40,000 Liberian Dollars each, but this has not been done.

Mr. Weh-Johnson said the situation has created a bad working relationship between health workers in Nimba and the county health team.  When contracted, the head for the Nimba County health team, Dr. Collins Bowah, said that the money saga is being discussed on community radio stations in the county, but refused to confirm the actual amount involved

The Ebola crisis in Nimba has been rocked by series of reported scandals, including diversion of relief food and burglary. Recently, unknown men burglarized a storeroom of the Ganta Ebola Treatment Center and made away with several items.

The NewDawn correspondent said the incident is the first since the Ebola Treatment Center was turned over to the county Ebola Task Force by ArcelorMittal in September. Earlier, a truckload of relief food intended for Ebola patients in Ganta was arrested while being diverted to Saclepea, a district town for sale.

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