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Liberia Avoids Mass Hospital Strike Amid Ebola

Jonathan Paye-Layleh | Associated Press   in 
October 13, 2014

Health workers reported for duty at Liberia’s hospitals on Monday, largely defying calls for a strike that could have further hampered the country’s ability to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Nurses and other health workers โ€” though not doctors โ€” had threatened to strike if they did not receive the higher hazard pay they had been promised by the government. That would have made the already difficult care of Ebola patients even harder, since the bulk of the staff at clinics and hospitals is made of up of Liberia’s nurses, physician assistants and community health workers.

Underscoring how overwhelmed the health system is, one patient in Liberia’s capital complained Monday about a lack of food and water.

“Since this morning we have not eaten any food, there is no water, no medicine. We are dying,” Junior Flomo, a patient at John F. Kennedy Memorial Medical Center in Monrovia, told The Associated Press by phone.

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