FREETOWN (Reuters) – Doctors in Sierra Leone's public hospitals were on strike on Wednesday to protest against low wages and poor working conditions, and nurses said they could follow suit.
Sierra Leone is one of Africa's poorest countries and its public hospitals lack equipment. The 2019-2019 Ebola epidemic killed nearly 4000 people, including more than 250 medical staff.
At Freetown's Connaught, the country's biggest hospital, some wards were nearly empty and a minimum of a number of people were looking at the earth for the hospital entrance waiting to wear, a Reuters witness said.
Sierra Leone's Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) said doctors stopped gonna improve Tuesday and were ready to keep their protest indefinitely.
"Do you imagine watching people die caused by a shortage inside hospital's supply of oxygen?" said Mamadu Baldeh, SLMDA secretary general. "A health care provider can not be likely save lives without worrying about proper tools."
Nurses at Connaught Hospital said they might join the strike on Friday whether or not this isn’t resolved at that time.?
"There is absolutely no incentive to be a medical worker with this country because not a soul will allow you to maintain people," Hawanatu Conteh, a nurse at Freetown's Connaught Hospital, said.
Health Minister Alpha Wuri couldn’t comment on SLMDA's demands but said he expected a solution inside the coming days.