Health workers of the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Nimba County have begun mounting tension on the Hospital administration for salary arrears.
On Thursday, May 15, the health workers assembled at the administrative building, carrying placards and demanding their salaries for the month of April.
The health workers, including nurses, cleaners, securities and those representing other departments were seen very disappointed over the failure of the administration to pay them for the month of April.
Inscriptions on some of the placards read, “No pay on Friday, no job on Monday; the dry leave is falling, warning to green leaves; April is crying warning to May.”
“We are tired waiting for a long time because we received patients every day. The administration cannot tell us that there is no money,” Alphonso Genseh, vice president of the worker’s union said.
“This is only awareness. The real action begins on Monday if they don’t pay us tomorrow, May 16,” he added.
The demonstrators appeared distressed and disappointed.
Ma Manee Moore, a cleaner said, some of them are earning “very little” and that little was not forth coming from the hospital’s administrators. She wondered how their employers expected them to support their families.
The Associate Administrator of the Hospital Mr. Patrick Martor told the aggrieved workers to bear patience as the administration was doing everything to settle their arrears.
“As we speak, the hospital is faced with financial constraint and what we have cannot take care of what we owed you,” he said.
“Most of the institutions that owe us money are not paying, and we ourselves owed many entities. We cannot pay them because there is no money,” he added.
According to Mr. Martor, he convened a meeting with the aggrieved workers and displayed all documents including financial record about income and expenditure.
Since the beginning of this year, Ganta Hospital has been facing serious financial crisis.
People have over the time been complaining of poor financial management at the hospital; allegation the associate administrator denied during the time he was appealing to the aggrieved workers.
He told this paper that one of their partners abroad (Global Ministry) had cut down its support to the hospital and asking the hospital to close down some departments.
He didn’t name those departments that should be shut down, but added, “How can we cut down departments when we do not have the first cent to pay our staff.”