HCW to Strike in Sierra Leonne

News gathered by Awareness Times revealed that over one thousand workers at the Ebola treatment centre have gone on sit down strike demanding their one month backlog.

The aggrieved workers including burial teams, drivers, surveillance officers and a host of other teams who prefer to remain anonymous stated that they are risking their lives but the authorities keep on down playing their payment issues and for the past one month to date they have not received their weekly risk allowances. The aggrieved workers told this press that until they received their weekly allowances in full they will not resume work while chanting the song “no pay no work”.

When contacted on the matter, the District Medical Officer Dr. Mohamed Vandi said that they were in backlog of one hundred thirty four million Leones (Le134,000,000) which they have not been able to pay. He said the whole Ebola process is characterized by a lot of paper processes which makes it difficult for prompt payment of weekly allowances.

Dr. Mohamed Vandi admitted that they have not been able to pay for the whole of October which is making the work a little bit stressful adding that documents are being prepared to ensure that the workers receive all their weekly allowances before the other month commences.

Stating the categories of workers the finance officer for primary health care for the division Edward Senesie said 72 workers at the holding centre including surveillance officers; psychosocial workers, social mobilization officers and three hundred and forty (340) contact tracers in over 800 hundred affected communities have not received their weekly allowances for October. Mr. Edward Senesie said a team of supervisors will be going out to ensure that the affected communities and PHU staff are paid their backlog for September which will be followed by their October Salaries.

The finance officer said the workers demand was legitimate but appealed for some patience because the process of documentation is not an easy one.
Meanwhile a team of police personnel arrived at the Kenema Government Hospital to quell down the situation as it was gradually becoming riotous.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.