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Local Gov’t Minister frowns at nurses

January 22, 2015 By Victoria Saffa

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Diana Konomanyi-Kabba, has frowned at what she claimed was bad attitude portrayed by some nurses in the Kono district, saying they are not working in the interest of the state to help eradicate the deadly Ebola virus in the country.

She raised this concern last week during the visit of President Ernest Bai Koroma to raise awareness and assess the implementation of the national by-laws, aimed at eradicating the virus from the country.

The minister alleged that some state registered nurses assigned to the district have not been reporting for work, despite the construction of a new treatment centre in the district.

Madam Konomanyi-Kabba revealed that her office has received several complaints that some nurses are often absent from work, although they turn up to collect payment at the end of the week, while other nurses refuse to go near patients, thus being unable to monitor their condition accurately.

According to the minister, such behaviour by the said nurses is among the reasons people are afraid to report incidents of sick or dead persons, thus blaming them for the spike in new cases in the area.

Kono has so far recorded 278 cases, although the diamondiferous district had less than 100 confirmed cases in early December.

She added that her ministry was trying to bring to book anyone found culpable of abandoning work or patients.

Madam Konomanyi-Kabba called on the Nurses Association to carry out a nationwide monitoring exercise to assess the performance of their members, noting that the National Ebola Response Centre (NERC) has provided health workers in the district the requisite facilities and capacity, which has allowed for 100% admittance rate and safe burials.

However, the allegations have not been independently verified by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, under whose purview nurses are employed, nor has NERC issued any statement to that effect.

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