In Liberia doctors go on strike against food shortages and unpaid wages as Ebola spreads beyond control

Thursday, September 11, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Conditions are rapidly deteriorating in the West African country of Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries during the worst Ebola outbreak in recorded history. Reports indicate that healthcare workers at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center (JFK) in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, recently went on strike in protest of poor or no wages, as well as food shortages that have left them and their families hungry.

The largest referral hospital in the country, JFK has been treating Ebola patients for many months now, resulting in some workers at the facility coming down with the disease themselves. But amidst all the panic from the crisis, employees at the hospital who have been in the trenches dealing with the epidemic since the start are not even receiving fair wages for their work, causing even more chaos.

According to Reuters, workers at JFK have gone without pay for about two months. Other hospitals, including an Ebola clinic in nearby Sierra Leone, have also not been paying their workers. The result is that many medical staff are simply walking off the job, leaving infected patients with no recourse.

“Health workers have died (fighting Ebola), including medical doctors at… JFK and to have them come to work without food on their table, we think that is pathetic,” stated George Williams, secretary general of the Health Workers Association of Liberia, to Reuters about the situation.

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