28 patients discharged at PTS2
January 23, 2015 By Ibrahim Jaffa Condeh
The discharge of twenty-eight (28) Ebola survivors at the second Ebola Treatment Centre at the Police Training School (PTS2) in Hastings, outside Freetown, was yesterday overshadowed by a strike action by support staff and members of the burial team.
The aggrieved frontline Ebola workers say they have gone without salary since mid December 2014.
In an interview with Concord Times, one of the aggrieved workers, Mohamed Kamara, confirmed they have not been paid since mid December, despite their great sacrifice to maintain standards at the centre.
“We demand backlog salaries to be paid to all support staff and the burial team as we have sacrificed our lives to see that our brothers and sisters with the Ebola viral disease survive,” a rather livid Mr. Kamara said.
Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Ms. Madina Rahman, was at hand to pacify the agitated workers, and assured that they would look into their case and address it accordingly.
She said her ministry appreciates the workers’ efforts and willingness to help other compatriots afflicted by the deadly Ebola disease.
Meanwhile, centre coordinator, Major Dr. Cyril Dauda Sulaiman Kamara said modalities are being put in place to pay the workers, promising to do his best to ensure the process is expedited.