Health authorities in Monrovia have clarified that at no time they dismissed 27 health workers assigned in Lofa County as claimed by the National Health Workers Association.
According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, the employees concerned were only requested to report to central office with written accounts for their alleged abandonment of duties.
The release says the decision followed compliant by the Lofa County Health Team that the 27 workers had abandoned duties for no justifiable reason.
Health Ministry spokesperson Sorbor George explained that some of the health workers had already met with Minister Bernice Dahn, during which time they were told that an administrative hearing committee will be set up to look into their written accounts and make the necessary recommendation for action.
He said it was unfortunate that health workers would abandon duties to the detriment of the people whom they took oath to serve. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has its commitment to improving the condition of service for health workers across the country. Spokesman George said it is based on such commitment that the ministry is working hard to construct housing units for health workers and employ additional health workers.Press Release