Workers at Ebola centre go on strike in Sierra Leone

August 31, 2014 - 1:33:49 am
Health care workers in full body suits burn infected items at the Elwa Hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) in Monrovia yesterday. 

FREETOWN: Health workers have gone on strike at a major state-run Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone, over pay and poor working conditions, hospital staff told Reuters yesterday.

Sierra Leone’s government is struggling to cope with the worst Ebola outbreak in history, that has killed more than 1,550 people across West Africa, with the rate of infection still rising.

“The workers decided to stop working because we have not been paid our allowances and we lack some tools,” said Ishmael Mehemoh, chief supervisor at the clinic in the city of Kenema, in the country’s east.

Clothing to protect health workers being infected is inadequate and there is only one broken stretcher which is used to carry both patients and corpses, Mehemoh added. More than 20 health workers have already died from Ebola at the Kenema health clinic. 

REUTERS

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