18 February 2014

Liberia: 'You Will Be Dismissed If... .'

Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale has threatened to dismiss health workers who will put the health of citizens at risk.

Health workers across the country Monday began a wide cat strike action in demand of salary increment and better welfare.

But addressing a news conference at the Health Ministry in Congo Town, Minister Gwenigale threatened that any health worker who physically blocks other health workers from taking care of patients, or block access to care will be dismissed immediately.

He further said the Ministry will not hesitate to revoke the professional license of health workers who use the strike to blocks other health workers from taking care of patients in the country.

"Any health worker who fails to report back to work by February 21, 2014 should consider him/herself dismissed from the Ministry and must re-apply if he/she wants to work for the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare again," Minister Gwenigale warns.

He said the Ministry of Health has requested the Ministry of Finance not to process the February 2014 payroll of Health Ministry until the Personnel Director can send the list of the workers who are still working in their places of assignment.

The Health Minister added that since the health workers strike last year, there are many government officials who have worked very hard to prevent another strike, noting that in the last couple of days, intense efforts have been made by some of these officials to avoid the strike that started Monday, February 17, 2014.

Minister Gwenigale said due to instructions from the leadership of the Health Workers Association, some of the health workers of Liberia have chosen to abandon their patients.

However, he said the strike action against the government of Liberia is illegal.

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