OCTOBER 23, 2014
The Sierra Leone Nurses Association has advocated for additional treatment centres and early payment of risk allowances to health workers.
Speaking on behalf of the organization during a meeting with the Minister of Health and Sanitation at his Youyi building office in Freetown, Senesie Margao said their support for the minister was demonstrated at the Well of Parliament when they solidarised with him during his approval.
He reiterated their commitment to forge ahead despite the challenges posed by the Ebola outbreak, and advocated for more training facilities and additional Ebola centres in the country.
Mr. Margao thanked the ministry for providing the funds to the association to facilitate orientation on the disease before the outbreak, and expressed their desire to visit outreach areas to engage communities.
He said the delay in the payment of risk allowances to nurses is a concern, and advocated for measures that would help address the situation.
Health and Sanitation Minister, Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, described nursing as a modest and honourable profession, reiterating his commitment to ensure that their dignity and respect are restored.
He commended their patriotism to stay home and work for their country while others left for greener pastures, and encouraged them to maintain the good work.
Commenting on the risk allowances and the establishment of additional treatment centres, Dr. Fofanah said measures have been put in place to address the delay in the payment of the allowances and incentives, as well as the issue of establishing additional treatment centres across the country.