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Public School Teachers in Nimba Demand Pay

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Over 500 public school teachers from various educational districts in Nimba County have threatened to put down chalk in demand of salary arrears. The aggrieved teachers told the NewDawn Nimba Correspondent that after their graduation in 2009 from the ZorZor Rural Teachers Training Institute in Lofa County, the government instructed them to get in the classrooms and teach but up to present, they were yet to receive pay from the government.

According to them, they have taught in schools in the county for the past two years without a monthly salary and were therefore, giving government two-week ultimatum to address their plight.

The head of the aggrieved teachers, Wallace Davis, who is also Principal of the Buehlay Public School in Buuyao District, Nimba County, said they have gone  out of patience. Principal Davis said despite transporting themselves to Monrovia to pursue their concerns, the government continues to fool them.

When contracted, the Public Affairs Director at the Ministry of Education J. Maxim Bleeten denied having knowledge of a planned strike by public school teachers in Nimba, but added that the authorities will call a staff meeting to discuss the concern.

About 2,000 Diabetes Patients in Nimba

Diabetes is reportedly on the rise in Nimba County with the Ganta United Methodist Hospital reporting a total of 1,940 persons affected with the disease in the county.

The administrator of the Diabetes Unit at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital, Madam Comfort Somah, has estimated that the number of people living with diabetes in Nimba is 1,940 and added that the hospital lacks vehicles to get to patients in time for medication. She said diabetes is an incurable disease, but can be controlled and prevented.

Madam Somah noted that in the past, the hospital received patients from Grand Gedeh County and other parts of southeast Liberia, but due to the lack of vehicles this has stopped.  She appealed to the national government and international charities to assist the Ganta United Methodist Hospital with vehicles to make its operation efficient.

Meanwhile, the Ganta United Methodist Hospital is expected to join the rest of Liberia and the world to celebrate this year’s World Diabetes Day on Thursday, 14 November.  Speaking to the New Dawn Correspondent in Nimba, Madam Some said, this year’s celebration in the county will focus on fundraising and awareness activities.

According to her, the celebration, which is being planned under the theme, “Join the Parade and Control Diabetes”, will be characterized by street parade and an indoor program.

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