Monday, October 13, 2014

Ebola Health Care Workers to Strike in Liberia

Alexandra Sifferlin @acsifferlin 10:32 AM ET
An Ebola burial team dresses in protective clothing before collecting the body of a woman from her home in the New Kru Town suburb of Monrovia, Liberia on Oct. 10, 2014John Moore—Getty Images
Workers want more protection and pay

Liberian health care workerswere set to strike Monday, outraged that 80% of them are being forced to go without adequate supplies to fight the Ebola outbreak that has claimed more than 4,000 lives in West Africa.

“There needs to be a proper coordination of what is being donated by the international community,” George Williams, the Liberia Health Workers Association secretary-general told Bloomberg. “We’re hearing about millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money being donated and we appreciate every cent. But we need to see it at the health facilities.”

Liberia is one of countries hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak, with 3,924 cases of the more than 8,000 total. Thousands of health care workers will stop treating patients Monday as part of the strike, Reuters reports, which could be devastating to the response.

Health care workers say they don’t have enough equipment to protect themselves and need an increase in hazard pay but that the government is not meeting their needs. Ebola health care workers are dying faster than their patients.

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