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Author:  niman [ Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Nurses Go On Strike At JFK In Monrovia Over Lack of PPEs

Media reports indicate nurses at Monrovia's largest hospital, JFK, over the lack of PPEs.

Author:  niman [ Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:42 pm ]
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Nurses go on strike in Ebola-hit Liberia
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Medical workers of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy hospital of Monrovia protest during a strike for salaries and better security against Ebola virus epidemic on Sept 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
MONROVIA (AFP) - Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation.

John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases.

"From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs," he said.

The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries since the start of the year - almost 700 of them in Liberia.

- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/world/ ... a6Clp.dpuf

Author:  niman [ Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:51 pm ]
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Nurses Go On Strike in Ebola-Hit Liberia
World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: September 02, 2014 05:21 IST
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Thousands of people take to a street outside of West Point slum in Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP)

MONROVIA: Nurses at Liberia's largest hospital went on strike on Monday, demanding better pay and equipment to protect them against a deadly Ebola epidemic which has killed hundreds in the west African nation.

John Tugbeh, spokesman for the strikers at Monrovia's John F Kennedy hospital, said the nurses would not return to work until they are supplied with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)", the hazmat-style suits which guard against infectious diseases.

"From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs," he said.

The Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries since the start of the year -- almost 700 of them in Liberia.

A high proportion of the deaths -- almost a tenth -- have been among health workers and the World Health Organization has warned that the outbreak is set to get a lot worse, predicting up to 20,000 cases before it is brought under control.

The surgical section at JFK is the only trauma referral centre in Liberia and a long-term dispute would severely damage the country's capability to respond to the Ebola crisis.

The hospital closed temporarily in July over the infections and deaths of an unspecified number of health workers who had been treating Ebola patients.

"We need proper equipment to work with (and) we need better pay because we are going to risk our lives," Tueh said.

It was not immediately clear how large the striking group was, or what contingency plans were in place at the hospital, which has not made a statement on the action. Story First Published: September 02, 2014 05:15 IST

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/nurse ... ria-585334

Author:  niman [ Mon Sep 01, 2014 8:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Nurses Go On Strike At JFK In Monrovia Over Lack of PPEs

MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Nurses in Ebola-stricken Liberia are demanding higher salaries and improved protection from infection, Agence France-Presse reported.
Spokesman for the strikers at the Monrovia hospital, John Tugbeh, said that the nurses will not return to work until they are provided with "personal protective equipment (PPEs)," the agency said.
"From the beginning of the Ebola outbreak we have not had any protective equipment to work with. As result, so many doctors got infected by the virus. We have to stay home until we get the PPEs," Tugbeh said.
The Ebola virus, which has a 90-percent mortality rate, has been raging in West Africa for months, in its biggest outbreak in history.
The current Ebola virus outbreak has killed 1,552 people out of more than 3,000 infection cases, according to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates.
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria are among the countries most affected by the epidemic. The WHO also claims Ebola could affect up to 20,000 people before it is brought after control.

http://en.ria.ru/society/20140902/19254 ... eak--.html

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