LIBERIA: Health Workers At C.H. Rennie Hospital Protest For 30 Months Arrears

From Christopher Wiah, GNN Correspondent | Margibi County |

Nurses and other staff protesting for pay

Nurses, Doctors and other medical staff in their number at one of Liberia’s referral hospitals in Margibi County early Monday morning, July 19, 2021 staged a huge protest in demand of their 30-month arrears, they said owed them by the Liberian Government through the management of the hospital.

According to GNN Correspondent in the county, the protest of the nurses, doctors and other medical staffs hampered the day to day activities at the hospital, as all doors to the medical center was shut down by the protesters thus denying patients access to the facilities.

Another scene from the protest

Speaking to reporters during the protest, the spokesperson for the protesters, Steve Mayanko Jallah Said they have been working at the Hospital since 2015 without being employed and further noted that they have been issued letters f assignments from the human resource department that they have been acting on since 2015.

According to him, since their assignment at the hospital they have been paid as contractors without knowing the source of their salaries. He mentioned that, they have on several occasions written all members of the county legislative caucus including county authorities to address the issue but to no avail their quest have been heard.

Meanwhile, after nearly 7 hours of protesting, Margibi County Superintendent Jerry Varnie who is also chair to the hospital board called on the aggrieved workers to keep calm, assuring them 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 discuss on July 29 of this year.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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