For the third day running strike actions instituted by health workers across Liberia, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia are said to have started the massive dismissal of stricken health workers.
In Bong County, our correspondent spoke to five health workers assigned in the county who have been sacked by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.
Those dismissed include: Mr. Aaron Sonah an anesthesiologist at the Phebe Hospital; Mrs. Barzee Zogbaye, a nurse also assigned the C. B. Dunbar Maternal and Neo-Natal Hospital; and Mrs. Catherine Jackson a nurse aide at the Phebe Hospital and wife of Press Union of Liberia Regional Coordinator, Clarence Jackson among others.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Mrs. Catherine Jackson said she was fired from her post because of the people’s perception that her husband has been critical on government for the delay in addressing the stricken health workers’ plights. She then described government’s latest action against her as “displacement of aggression” owing to the fact that she was not on government’s payroll but rather the Phebe Hospital’s.
Mr. Aaron Sonah and Mrs. Barzee Zogbaye depicted their dismissal as witch hunting and considered them a mere joke; noting that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia should be prepared to send away all of the more than three thousand health workers.
When we contacted the Secretary of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia, Bong County Chapter, Mr. Moses Dowee, he confirmed that the health workers were relieved of their posts.
Mr. Dowee told this paper health workers in Bong County remain resolved to carry on their strike action until their demands are addressed by the government of Liberia.
He said the issues of the aggrieved health workers would be addressed in their meeting slated for Friday February 21, 2014 to institute the next course of action.
There have been no reports of deaths at the various hospitals and clinics in the county since the nurses began their strike action on Monday February 17, demanding improved salary and better incentives.