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Health Ministry Denies Workers’ Salary Cut Claims
By Prince S. Nagbe
MONROVIA, August 3 (LINA) – The Ministry of Health has said it is not aware of any cut in health workers’ salaries and incentives as has been alleged by the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NAHWAL).
Communication Consultant Sorbor George said authorities at the ministry take no interest in reducing or deducting health workers’ salaries, adding, “We know healthcare workers are supposed to receive their just salaries and benefits, nothing more, nothing less.”
NAHWAL, the umbrella organization of public healthcare workers, in a press statement issued Wednesday, said it is troubled by the reductions in the incentives and salaries of public health workers throughout the country.
NAHWAL said it is particularly concerned because the deductions come at the time when Liberians are experiencing price increases on the market.
It claimed that the deductions began in February this year affecting few low level health care workers and later graduated to all levels of health workers by July.
Meanwhile, the Association has raised alarm over the acute shortage of essential drugs and other medical and laboratory equipment at government health facilities across the country, claiming that this has resulted to patients being given prescriptions to purchase drugs over counters.