Heritage (Monrovia)

Liberia: Health Workers Abandon Hospitals in Gbarnga

Several health workers in Gbarnga, Bong County have abandoned their duties and responsibilities at the C.B. Dunbar and Phebe Hospitals.

It can be recalled that on Monday, February 17, 2014, health workers across Liberia staged an indefinite strike action, calling on the Government of Liberia (GOL) to see reason to address the issue surrounding better incentives and benefits for them.

According to the County Health Officer (CHO) of Bong County, Dr. Samson K. Arzoaquio, the situation was creating serious embarrassment for patients within the county.

He pointed out that the conditions of patients in the rural area were getting "worse" due to the latest decision taken by the health workers.

Although there has been no report of death, he described the situation as very "regrettable."

Dr. Arzoaquio disclosed that patients currently admitted at the Phebe Hospital had been placed into "concentrated rooms" because off the low presence of nurses at the hospital. However, Dr. Arzoaquio further disclosed that a team had been setup at the hospital to ensure that doctors continue to treat patients on a regular basis.

"It is impossible for few doctors to take care of patients that are in dying need of medication," he added.

Meanwhile, our reporter, who visited the C.B. Dunbar Hospital, observed that only two doctors were seen providing medical care to patients at the hospital.

He also described the situation as "worrisome" and underscored for the government to intervene so as to bring relief to the patients who appear to be direct victims of the strike.

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