The Ministry of Health has dismissed as “irresponsible and reckless disregard to ethics” a front page story captioned, “Exodus Imminent at Government Hospitals” carried by the Daily Observer in its July 19th Edition.The ministry rubbished the article saying, it constitutes total imagination and only concocted by the paper to be widely sold. “At no time did healthcare workers whether in Bomi County or any part of the country reach such a decision to abandon the health sector as erroneously reported by the Daily Observer,” said a release signed by director of communications at the Ministry of Health, Sorbor George.“Besides, assertion that BSc holders in the sector are paid L$20,700 has no aorta of truth and further points to the additional falsehood that the paper has endeavored to feed our learned public. We wish to clarify that a BSc holder in the health sector earns L$24,000 though subject to taxes. “Another unfounded and uncalculated assertion by the paper is the report that incentives for healthcare workers have dropped from US$134 to US$ 22.23. The allowance for a healthcare worker in Bomi County is USD$125 subject to taxes.“The paper also blatantly refused to understand and realize that the situation for which not only healthcare workers are receiving their salaries partly in US and Liberian dollar is a government decision, occasioned by the downward financial trend facing the entire country.“Due to some financial and administrative changes, government paid 50 percent USD and 50 percent LD in May. In June, government paid its employees including healthcare workers 30 percent USD and 70 percent in LD.“We are confident that there are no health workers contemplating leaving their so-cherished profession because of salary issues or otherwise as they are highly professional and always willing to serve humanity.“It can be recalled that our employees even demonstrated their passion of giving healthcare during the Ebola epidemic when the issue of salary for them was not major rather to save lives.We want to encourage the paper to always verify whatever product it is putting out to continuously win the admiration of the reading audience and escape the temptation of being seen unprofessional. “What it would have caused the paper if it had kept the story until a line was secured from the ministry before going to press? Rather, the paper chose to wallow in falsehood by reporting that it called the Communication Director whose phone remains switched off up to press time,” the statement concluded. Meanwhile, according to information in Daily Observer’s possession from health workers, sent by the Ministry of Health through GT Bank for 2016, it said “GTBANK: USD23.22 CR (MTHLY SALARY-MOH STAFF ALLOW FOR JUNE 2016 30% USD. Your bal. is USD40.03.” However, health workers told the Daily Observer that they are yet to receive the balance portion of the amount that they were told would be paid in Liberian dollars.Furthermore this is what MOH communicated through text messages to Montserrado County workers for the month of May, 2016. “GTBANK: USD39.95 CR (MTNLY SALARY-MOH STAFF ALLOW FOR MAY 2016 BAL 50%…” A health worker said the May’s incentive was US$39.95 and June was reduced to US$23.22 “for those of us in Montserrado County. And with that trend July would bring another reduction.”Another health worker in Tubmanburg, Bomi County in a telephone conversation yesterday admitted that they are entitled to receive from US$125 and US$115 as incentives but they have only been paid US$36 and not US$125 or US$115 and have no idea when the balance that they were told, would be paid in Liberian dollars, would come.“We are not happy about it and someone needs to tell the truth,” she told the Daily Observer yesterday.On the take-home pay or salary for a BSc degree holder, though the MOH is saying it is L$24,000, a health worker said they are paid L$20,700.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Injured teen: Shemuel PierreTwo juveniles on Friday made an appearance in the Children’s Court to answer to the charge of unlawful wounding committed on another teenager.It is alleged that on February 28, 2018, the two juveniles, while being in the company of others, unlawfully wounded Shemuel Pierre at Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara.On the day in question, Pierre was making his way home from school when the two teenagers along with two others stabbed him to his chest with a pair of scissors and made good their escape.The injured child was assisted by a teacher who was passing and noticed that the child was bleeding profusely. Pierre was rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and later transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a result of the severity of the injuries.He was stabbed twice to his chest with one wound causing injuries to his lungs.The medical report also revealed that the teen was stabbed two times and both lungs were punctured, thereby making the injuries life-threatening.The teen was hospitalised for five days and upon being discharged, he was taken to Woodlands Hospital for further treatment due to complications that developed after surgery.In court, the injured teen was represented by Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay, who told the court that the two suspects are known to the law since both of them have pending matters which include armed robbery and narcotics possession.He further stated that his client’s injuries were life-threatening and, therefore, both accused should be remanded.The Police Prosecutor also stated that the teens should be kept in custody because one of them went into hiding after committing the act but was later apprehended by police ranks.It was further stated that both teens had confessed to the crimeThe teens were placed on $10,000 and $40,000 bail respectively and the matter is expected to be called again on May 23, 2019.
The Blues fell behind immediately after Diego Costa’s equaliser 1 Antonio Conte singled out Aaron Ramsey’s quick-fire goal as the key reason for his side’s FA Cup final loss to Arsenal.The Blues fell behind to a controversial early Alexis Sanchez goal before Victor Moses was dismissed for a second bookable offence after diving in the penalty area.But despite Diego Costa scoring an equaliser with a quarter of an hour remaining, Chelsea immediately fell behind again, as Ramsey restored the Gunners’ lead.And Conte felt his side’s failure to keep the scores level for a longer period was too difficult to recover from with only 10 men. “I think our start for sure wasn’t good enough,” he said.“Arsenal started the game better than us, honestly I think the goal after three minutes in this way, I think it was not disallowed because there is a clear handball but our start wasn’t good.“Then we started to play, in the second half we started very well and created the chances to equalise.“The second yellow card for Moses was for sure one of the two key moments.“But to play for 10 men, we were able to equalise and then to concede a second goal was a key moment for the loss.”The former Juventus coach also refuted claims his players struggled to raise themselves for the final having already secured the Premier League title.“It is not easy but I think that we won the league and it was right to celebrate and enjoy this win,” he added.“I think that my players put all of themselves into the game, maybe our start wasn’t good and the impact and approach wasn’t good and Arsenal pushed a lot. We paid for this start.”“Per Mertesacker for me is a perfect example for any young professional football player.“What he did today was just a consequence of an unbelievable attitude every day, even if not selected, until the Everton game in the squad.“He played his first game tonight and when he was not selected he worked even harder, which is why I pay a special tribute for him tonight.”