One death is reported to have occurred, while others continue to remain unattended to at the Martha Tubman Hospital in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh as health workers stage a strike action in demand for a 50 percent salary increment, as well as improved incentives from the Medical Emergency Relief or Merlin.
Though authorities at the Hospital are tight-lip to confirm or deny the reports, hospital sources confirmed the death of one patient and the go-slow action by doctors and nurses since Wednesday.
US$1.5 million was reported to have been given to Merlin to cater to over 40,000 Ivoirian refugees, but that amount cannot be accounted for, according to health workers at the hospital. Health workers were to also benefit from the amount in terms of incentives and salaries. The amount was also intended to cover other health centers in Grand Gedeh County.
The workers’ action is reported to be affecting all other public and private health institutions throughout the county. The Merlin administration in Grand Gedeh and Monrovia could not talk to this paper when contacted for verification. Merlin is among several NGOs managing thousands of Ivoirian refugees in Grand Gedeh County.