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Cape Mount Health Team To Hire Workers
By D. Ignatius Roberts, LINA Grand Cape Mount County Correspondent
ROBERTSPORT, September 29 (LINA) - The Grand Cape Mount County Health Team (CHT) has concluded plans to recruit trained and professional health workers to replace those who abandoned their jobs due to the Ebola outbreak over three months ago.
Disclosing this to the Liberia News Agency in an interview Sunday, the CHT head Dr. Julius Garboe said the move will also facilitate the reopening of 25 of the 32 health facilities that were shutdown due to lack of staff.
“Prominent among those facilities is the St. Timothy Government Hospital in Robertsport, the only government referral hospital in the county, which has been shut down since mid-July,” Garboe said.
He added: “Health workers fled the hospital to Monrovia and other parts of the country for fear of their lives.”
Garboe noted that in spite of repeated appeals to these health practitioners to return to work, they have continued to stay away and decided to seek employment with health-related non-governmental organizations in the county for better pay and incentives.
Garbo said the perpetual closure of hospitals is creating a complete setback in the health sector of the county because curable diseases are taking away lives.
He noted that the continued closure of health facilities could further spread the virus in the county, adding “this, among other things, is the reason why we are going to recruit professional and skilled health workers to provide services at those facilities.”
“No country can succeed in the fight against the spread of the virus when its health facilities are closed down,” the medical doctor said.