Medical Doctors at government run hospitals here have threatened to embark on a go slow nationwide if their salary arrears here are not paid within 72 hours. Speaking to newsmen Monday November 14 in Sinkor, Monrovia, the spokesman for the medical practitioners here, Dr. Jonathan Hart described as unfortunate for the Liberian government to abandon doctors in such shameful manner by denying them their just and hard earned salaries without any explanation.
Dr. Hart narrated that Medical Doctors here have engaged the government through the Ministry of Health but it appears that the appeal has fallen on deaf ears and that the only option left is to resort to some drastic measures which to embark on a go slow if their salaries arrears are not paid within 72 hours.
According to him, it is unfair and unacceptable in modern age and time that a responsible government headed by a female which many considered ‘mother’ to allow her health officials reduced professional people like the Medical Doctors to such manner it is ‘unfair’ and disgraceful.
Dr. Hart explained that doctors are resolved not to step their feet in any health centers until their salaries are given in full “and there will be no compromise,” he added.
“Our children need to go to school, they deserve better education. Our rents need to be paid.Some of our colleagues live in the leeward counties, they too, have to cater to their needs and that can only be accomplished by getting our salaries in time,” he said.
He noted that the leadership of the medical practitioners has a long history of engaging the government, as stakeholder on how to resolve the salaries problem, but every time is a promise that is never fulfilled.
This is the second time in two years; Health care workers have threatened strike.
In 2014, hundreds of health workers strike for unpaid wages, complicating the fight against an Ebola outbreak that the U.S. disease prevention chief has characterized as “spiraling out of control.”
The World Health Organization and other international bodies are scrambling to support the fragile health care systems in some of the world’s poorest countries, but so far additional staff and resources have been slow in arriving on the ground.-Edited by Othello B. Garblah