Information Minister Lewis G. Brown
Government Appeals To Health Workers To Avoid Strike
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, September 9 (LINA) – The Government of Liberia has appealed to healthcare workers in the country to avoid strike action as it is doing all it can to pay them their benefits.
Speaking at the Ministry of Information daily Ebola press briefing in Monrovia Tuesday, Information Minister Lewis G. Brown said the decision by health workers to abandon patients at this critical time would portray to the world the signing of death warrants of more Liberians.
Brown disclosed that the government is currently negotiating with international partners to help provide benefits and incentives for health workers, as they are very important in curbing this scourge that has claimed so many lives.
“Government cannot pay for the life of a single healthcare worker, and we recognize the level of work that is being done by health workers in the country; all we are asking is for you not to abandon your duty to save lives,” the Minister said.
Brown observed that the second wave of the outbreak of the Ebola disease witnessed huge deaths during the first week of eruption due to the abandonment of health facilities by healthcare workers as a result of fear of contracting the virus.
He pointed out that if Liberia must overcome the disease, Liberians should see the prediction from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), that the situation in Liberia will get worse before the disease is finally wiped out, as a challenge.
He emphasized that these challenges must be met with equal force by Liberians first recognizing and realizing that to attract international support is for you to first start by providing help to your own country.
The Minister’s appeal comes in the wake of recent strike actions by some health care workers at the Redemption Hospital, where they were calling for remuneration, which they referred to as “Hazard Benefits.”