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Momodou



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Posted - 01 Sep 2021 :  12:32:30  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gambian Nurses and Midwives Commence Sit Down Strike Today
September 1, 2021



https://foroyaa.net/gambian-nurses-and-midwives-commence-sit-down-strike-today/

National Association of Gambian Nurses and Midwives will commence a sit down strike effective today.

See below a statement issued by the executive committee of NAGaNM:

After thorough analysis of the payments made by the Ministry of Health, the National Executive Committee arrived at the obvious conclusion that Ministry’s decision to pay a handful of nurses was targeted to halt the sit-down strike rather than address the entire situation. Having had more than 100days to honour the agreement brokered at the State’s House with SG and Head of Civil Services, Ministry of Health has no genuine excuse for not meeting the agreed deadline for payments to be disbursed. From 11th May – 31st August, 2021 was enough time if it really mattered to them.

The sit-down strike will be in two phases; however, it will continue until all nurses are paid.

PHASE 1: 1ST – 3RD SEPTEMBER, 2021.


All departments will close EXCEPT Emergency Department, Labor Ward, Dialysis Unit, ICU, Neonatal Unit, and Operating Theater.

All other departments should not report.

PHASE 2: 4TH SEPTEMBER 8am to ...

Complete Sit-down strike!

No nurse in The Gambia will report to work.

We urge all nurses to respect the decision today and the subsequent decisions.

Office of Information and Communications, NAGaNM

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Momodou



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Posted - 01 Sep 2021 :  12:35:31  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unsigned Press Release from the Ministry of Health.
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PRESS RELEASE ON NURSES AND MIDWIFERY ASSOCIATION PROPOSED STRIKE ACTION
The Ministry of Health wishes to inform the Nurses and Midwives Association that the payment of the approved allowances by the Ministry of Health has already started and is in progress. The Central Bank has been posting the payments to individual staff bank accounts. Some nurses have already confirmed receiving their payments. The hospitals submitted their list only yesterday (30th August 2021) and are being processed for immediate payment. The Ministry of Health therefore sees no reason for the nurses to go on strike.
All staff are expected to be at their duty station tomorrow and on time.
Failure to report to work will be considered as absenteeism and will be dealt with according to the stipulated laws.
The Regional Health Directors, Heads of Health Institutions, and all Heads of Units are requested to take a register of those who are deliberately absent from work for action.
The full wrath of the regulations will be prescribed for those not in their duty post effective 1st September 2021.
Henceforth, we urge all nurses to be at work tomorrow and on time as dictated by their respective duty rosters.
The Ministry of Health is soliciting the continuous support and cooperation of the public in its efforts to continue to provide timely health services to all. In the light of the prevailing circumstances, the public is encouraged to exercise restrain while visiting health facilities.

A clear conscience fears no accusation - proverb from Sierra Leone
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Momodou



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Posted - 02 Sep 2021 :  16:08:24  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nurses threaten indefinite sit-down strike on Friday if...
The Point: Sep 2, 2021,
By: Momodou Jawo


https://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/headlines/nurses-threaten-indefinite-sit-down-strike-on-friday-if

As the fight against the deadly coronavirus continues, with more than 9, 000 confirmed cases in the country, the nation’s nurses and midwives association has threatened to embark on an indefinite sit-down strike commencing 4 September if the ministry of Health fails to pay their allowances.

The Gambia Nurses and Midwives Association yesterday commenced a three day sit-down strike amid non-payment of allowances.

The association, in a release, said: “After thorough analysis of the payments made by the Ministry of Health, the National Executive Committee arrived at the obvious conclusion that the Ministry's decision to pay a handful of nurses was targeted to halt the sit-down strike rather than address the entire situation. Having had more than 100 days to honour the agreement brokered at the State House with SG and Head of Civil Services, Ministry of Health has no genuine excuse for not meeting the agreed deadline for payments to be disbursed.”


“From 11th May – 31st August, 2021 was enough time if it really mattered to them. The sit-down strike will be in two phases; however, it will continue until all nurses are paid. Phase one will start from 1 to 3 September, 2021. All departments will close except the Emergency Department, Labour Ward, Dialysis Unit, ICU, Neonatal Unit, and Operating Theater, while all other departments should not report. On phase two, there will be complete sit-down strike! No nurse in The Gambia will report to work.”

Meanwhile, executive members of the association confirmed that some nurses received their allowances. However, they added that a large number of the nurses didn’t receive their allowances. They also dismissed reports that the strike is politically motivated.

Speaking during a press conference yesterday at the Arch in Banjul, Ousman Touray, the secretary general of The Gambia Nurses and Midwives Association, said: “The reason for calling for the press conference is to let Gambians know the content of which nurses are being treated in this country and the conditions of which they work and also to make some clarification on the statement make by the health minister,” he added, claiming that there’s no single health facility in the country without a nurse.


The working conditions of nurses and their remunerations in the country, he claimed, are ‘sad’. “Nurses are unpaid and under protection against infection, under protection against working colleagues and they are under protection even against the public. Nurses work almost 12 hours and spend only four hours sleeping and the rest with their families.”

“If the Ministry of Health wants to achieve universal health coverage and give quality care to the nation, it needs to be brave enough to face the reality and speak the reality and do the reality to achieve the reality.”

The only allowances initiated by the Ministry of Health, he added, are allowances initiated by the minister himself, doctors that have moved from clinical areas to the main ministry and PhD holders.

“Cognizant of the fact that some of the nurses’ allowances are just one hundred or two hundred dalasis, we made a proposal and sent it to the Ministry of Health. The said proposal was taken bilateral at the PMO. The PMO rejected it because it was not properly defended. This was because nurses were not properly represented at the bilateral,” he noted, while claiming: “The ministry claims that the government couldn’t implement the allowances because the government was short of resources.”

The allowances they were requesting, he explained, were not too much. “A nurse attendant should have an increment not more than D2000, a SEN Nurse should have an increment not more than D3000 and a RN should have an increment not more than D4000. This is a small amount of money that definitely needed no problem,” he posited, adding: “The amount of allowances allocated for the minister, doctors and PhD holders could have even paid the entire nurses.”

Eighty percent (80%) of health care delivery, he went on, are made by nurses and midwives, noting that because of the care they have for Gambians, the protest has been staged in phases.

“We want to send a message to the ministry that if they care about us, let them settle our allowance issues. However, if they fail to honour this agreement, there will be a total shutdown of nursing healthcare services in this country. This is the position of nurses and midwives of this country, while warning that threatening the nurses is not a wise decision a leader should make.

Yusupha Sanyang, the president of The Gambia Nurses and Midwives Association, said “If the ministry cares about the health of the public, they should honour the agreement and make sure that every nurse who is supposed to receive these allowances receives the said allowances from today to Friday.”

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Posted - 03 Sep 2021 :  10:49:16  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nurses to resume work today after embarking on industrial action
Foroyaa: September 3, 2021

By Nelson Manneh

https://foroyaa.net/nurses-to-resume-work-today-after-embarking-on-industrial-action/

National Association of Gambian Nurses and Midwives on Thursday asked their members to resume work barely a day after they have embarked on industrial action.

See below the full text of the statement issued by the Nurses’ Association:

Following a complete assessment of the progress in the payment process, the plea of the Secretary General and Head of Civil Service, Mr. Nuha Touray, and consideration for the innocent general public who will pay the ultimate price of any industrial action, the National

Executive Committee (NEC) writes to bring the strike to a break.

Work will resume on Friday 3rd September 2021 at 8 am sharp. As assured by the SG and Head of Civil Service, the money of each hospital will be in the hospital’s account latest Tuesday, 7th September 2021, for the hospital to disburse payments. The NEC asserted clearly that if the monies are not in the respective hospital’s accounts by 7th September 2021, no one or nothing will be able to stop a complete sit-down strike by Wednesday 8th September 2021. The NEC further stated firmly that victimization of even a single nurse will lead to a more catastrophic action.

All nurses are urged to report to work as indicated and support the decision of the NEC.

Thank you for your usual support and cooperation.

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