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Health Workers Stage Protest over Nine Months Delayed Salary

The protesting health workers blocked the main entrance of the facility housing the County Health Team on Monday | Photo By: Regina Juwle

Baclaryville, Grand Kru County – Health workers of Grand Kru County Health Team in Barclayville have staged a peaceful protest in demand of their nine months salaries.

Report By: Regina Juwle in Grand Kru County

The aggrieved health workers gathered in front of the CHT compound on Monday, preventing vehicles belonging to the county health team and partners from entering or leaving the facility. They comprised of 17 Community Health Supervisors and 129 Community Health Assistants.

Josephine Korba, the head of the aggrieved workers, said: “We are professional people, worked for nine months, serving the county in providing good health care services but we are not treated fairly as professional people, we have not received our salaries from April to December.

“We wrote several communications to the County Health Team to address our salary issues but was given less attention which led to our protest today, which will last for so many days until the County Health Team addresses our problem.”

Benita Sartee, another health worker, added: “We will not leave this compound, no cars will enter, nobody will work here today until the they see reason.”

The aggrieved health workers included 17 Community Health Supervisors and 129 Community Health Assistants | Photo By: Regina Juwle

Receiving the position statement of the health workers, Grand Kru County Health Officer, Dr. J. Woyee Wreh thanked the aggrieved Community Health Supervisors for staging the protest in a “peaceful manner”.

“We regret the situation; it is disheartening, worrisome to the County Health Team that our Community Health Supervisors will work diligently in the period of nine months and they are not pay,” Dr. Wreh said.

“As county head, we will communicate with the relevant authorities who are responsible for the salary payment of our Community Health Supervisors in the county.”

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