Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi
Health Workers Return To Work In Bong County
By Ballah Kollie, Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, Feb 25 (LINA) – Health Workers in Bong County Tuesday joined their colleagues across the country to return to work.
The action follows the intervention of the Liberian Senate, Inter- Religious and Traditional Councils, as well as civil society organizations.
The leadership of the Bong chapter of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, Tuesday announced a halt of their strike action, and attributed the action to promises made to them by interveners to address their concerns.
Mr. Moses Dowee and Viakandeya L. Forkpa, president and vice president of the Bong chapter, told the Liberia News Agency that they were satisfied with the way the intervening party proceeded and hoped they would live up to their promises to avoid a recurrence of the situation.
The County Health Officer, Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquoi, told the LINA correspondent that the leadership of the health workers was seen soliciting financial support for the airing of an announcement to call upon their members to return to work.
Meanwhile, citizens of the county have lauded to decision of the health workers to return to work, but wondered why it took them so long to reach that decision, especially when they have a responsibility to save lives.
“Had these people taken this decision earlier, I am sure the Mayor the Gbatala’s, wife would not have died,” a prominent citizen who preferred to remain anonymous lamented.
Officials of the county have also welcomed the action of the health workers, and called on them to remain professional at all times when presenting their grievances to government and stakeholders in the health sector.
Nearly two weeks ago, health workers in the country staged an indefinite strike with an eight-count demand, including the resignation of the health Minister and his two principal deputies, the restitution of money they allege was illegally deducted from their salaries, as well as a US$100 increase in their salaries, among others.