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HomeHealthFrom Le 1,000,000 to Le 200,000 Front line Workers Disappointed Again

From Le 1,000,000 to Le 200,000 Front line Workers Disappointed Again

From Le 1,000,000 to Le 200,000 Front line Workers Disappointed Again

The Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) on Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 issued a press release debunking claims made by the Ministry of Finance in its press release on Tuesday 2nd June that the COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has been paying the weekly cash risk allowances of all healthcare workers in respect of the MOU between the Government and representatives of health workers signed on 21st March.

According to the release, “Healthcare workers of all cadres have been working assiduously since the 1st case of COVID-19 was announced on the 31st March, 2020. Even when faced with lack of resources, equipment and consumables, we as healthcare workers have given our best.”

It furthered that, “It is very disheartening to note that only lip service is being paid to the efforts of the healthcare workers. There are a lot of unfulfilled promises being made and not translated to reality.”

Allowance to healthcare workers in the very forefront in treatment and isolation centres are almost nonexistent at the end of the second month in the COVID-19 fight, the release states, noting that the promised PAYE (Pay As You Earn) refund has been erratic and only paid to some.

The Association thanked all the Non-Governmental Organizations and development partners that have been stepping into rectifying/remedying all the lapses and shortcomings of the COVID-19 response, whilst it noted the disgruntlement of all healthcare workers from doctors, nursing staff, laboratory technicians or scientists, community health officers (CHO), pharmacists, surveillance officers to hygienists.

The SLMDA advised that if the situation is not resolved within 48hours, it will lead to a massive disruption in the healthcare service in Sierra Leone.

“To the general public, please continue to observe hand-washing, social distancing and the use of facemasks in the public areas as we continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the release concluded.

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