#COVID19: Nurses Plan Strike Over Non-Payment Of Allowances At Military Hospital In Gabon

Other units involved in the COVID-19 fight in the country have been receiving their COVID-19 duty allowances.

Nurses working at the COVID-19 reanimation unit of the Akanda military hospital in Gabon have not received their COVID-19 allowances for the past seven months.

HumAngle understands that other units involved in the COVID-19 fight in the country, such as vaccination, scanning and test units, have been receiving their COVID-19 duty allowances.

According to reliable sources at the Akanda military hospital, after complaining against the maltreatment meted out on them, the nurses are planning to make their voices heard in a more persuasive way.

“We have decided to go on strike since it is the only way government and other employers in this country want to be faced with before they satisfy their employees,” a senior nurse in the Akanda military hospital told HumAngle in Libreville, the capital. 

“We are exposed daily to risks of contamination within the context of our professional activities. We are in charge of serious COVID-19 cases placed under oxygen.”

“We administer treatment on patients and most times clean them when they pass out urine and feces and all these to the detriment of our own health.”

“We face the most dangerous situations of possible contamination from our patients, yet we are treated differently and not remunerated accordingly.”

Asked when the work stoppage would start, the source said as per legislation in force, they are expected to give advance notice of the strike to the government before it becomes effective.

“Our representatives have been given the go-ahead to inform the government of our strike intention and any day from now, the strike will begin,” HumAngle was informed.

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