At a dialogue of the minds gathering Friday, striking health workers across the country demanded eight million to return to work.
Finance Minister Samuel Tweah is proposing an initial two million to ease the situation but the health practitioners vehemently rejected the figure as it was too meager as compared to 8m being demanded before returning to work.
Health Minister, Dr. Wilhelmina Jallah maintains government cannot solve the perennial situations in the sector as it would be gradual than immediate.
Health workers are demanding: certificate of recognition as a union by government, increment of salaries in fiscal year 2020/2021, reclassification of workers and payment of hazard allowance amongst others.
National Health Workers Union of Liberia (NAHWUL), Assistant Secretary General Deemi T. Dearzrua, announced an indefinite stay home action over government’s failure to listen to their plights and expeditiously address them.
The strike is happening at a time when the country is not completely free of COVID19 that has since broken down the nation’s economy and got many to lose their jobs.
The workforce in the sector to patients is tiny and most hospitals lack basic health equipment.
If nothing is done in time to sort the differences, many patients are expected to lose their lives as health facilities are expected to be completely abandoned during this period.
Having an over all spill over effect on the December 8 midterm Senatorial election is also not out of the question.