Health Practitioners in Margibi County Protest for 30 Months Salary Arrears

Amid the increase in COVID-19 cases in Liberia, health practitioners in Margibi County led a mass protest, demanding over two years of salary that is owed to them.

The protest led to the closure of the C. H. Rennie Hospital compound, depriving patients, nurses, government health authorities, county administration and patients access to the compound.

Speaking Monday to reporters in that part of the county, the spokesperson of the group Mr. Mayango Jallah, explained that they have been sacrificing their professional services to citizens to save lives in the interest of the country; something that according to the group is yet to be realized by the relevant authorities for the past two and a half years.

They described the situation as unbearable, unfortunate and counterproductive to medical professionals in Liberia, adding that they can no longer cater to their family needs and wants.

The aggrieved health workers further vowed to unquench their protest actions until their plights are amicably addressed.

Jallah further indicated that health workers in the county are not protected, noting that workers at health facilities in that part of the country do not have PPE, even admits the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, Margibi County Superintendent Jerry Varnie has called on the aggrieved health workers to remain kind as the county authority is working up modalities in making sure that their plights are addressed.

Superintendent Jerry Varnie, who is also chair of the hospital board, assured the aggrieved workers the payment of at least three months out of the thirty months arrears.

Supt. Varnie promised to have said amount disburse before July 26, 2021, adding the rest of their demands, including their remaining arrears Will be discussed on July 29 of this year.

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