The Health Promoters’ Network of Liberia (HPNL) has called on health workers to reconsider their decision to go on strike.
The group has promised to coordinate closely with the Ministry of Health and health partners to address the growing concerns of the aggrieved health workers.
The group, made up of Liberian journalists covering health issues, said it acknowledged the numerous contributions health workers are making in the country and is appealing to them to take the issue of the Ebola virus as a national health crisis.
The group said in the midst of the Ebola crisis, the decision to abandon health facilities will only add to the increasing number of Ebola cases and deaths across Liberia.
The group called on the leadership to once more dialogue with officials of the Ministry of the Health and Social Welfare, partners and relevant authorities to deliver on promises made to health workers especially those assigned at various Ebola treatment units.
HPNL coordinator Victor Seah said only dialogue not strike action can resolve the issues of benefits and salaries of health workers.
HPNL said abandoning of Ebola patients or suspected persons will lead to the spread of the virus and every measure being deployed by government with support from the international community to stop the spread of the virus will deteriorate and all efforts will be meaningless.
According to the group, the strike will have negative consequences on those suffering from Ebola and would adversely affect progress made so far in the fight against the disease.
The Health Promoters of Liberia wants health workers planning to go on strike to uphold their ethics in responding to their duties as always and allow their leadership to negotiate with the leadership of the Government of Liberia in addressing their concern.