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21st January 2019

Doctors and Nurses Strike Action Puts the Poor in Difficult Situation Nationwide!

By a press release (10/12/18)  

Doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone hospitals are on strike against low wages and poor working conditions putting lives of the poor at risk.

 

Hawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Connaught Hospital in Freetown who continues to care for patients whilst hospital doctors go on strike over pay and conditions, said the SLPP government must intervene asap to resolve the problems. (Photo: Sierra Leone Health Minister Dr. Alpha Wurie needs to nip this problem in the bud asap).

Doctors and nurses in Sierra Leone's public hospitals are still on strike following last Wednesday’s protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses have followed suit.

At Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone’s biggest hospital, some wards were nearly empty and at least a dozen patients were sitting on the floor at the hospital entrance waiting to be seen, according to Reuters.

Sierra Leone's Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) said doctors stopped going to work on Tuesday and were ready to continue their protest indefinitely if things do not improve.

"Can you imagine watching a patient die because of a shortage in the hospital's oxygen supply," said Mamadu Baldeh, SLMDA Secretary General, adding: "A doctor cannot be expected to save lives without the proper tools."

Nurses at Connaught Hospital said they would join the strike on Friday if it is to be resolved soon. "There is no incentive to be a medical worker in this country because no one will help you take care of people," Hawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Freetown's Connaught Hospital, said.

Health Minister Dr. Alpha Wurie did not comment on SLMDA's demands but said he is expecting a resolution in the coming days.

Courtesy: The Calabash Newspaper

TRIBUTE: Alpha Shaw

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