Health workers decry low, delayed Salary

Health workers decry low, delayed Salary

By Sheila Ponnie
Nurses and doctors at the country’s main referral hospital in capital Juba have said they have gone months without salaries, making living difficult for them and their families.
The health workers said they have not been paid their little wages which range from 1300 SSP to 5000 SSP, less than 20 dollars since February despite their commitment to save life under poor working condition at the hospital.
Nafisa Ladu Modi, one of the nurses said the delayed salaries have resulted to suffering of their children because they could not provide essential needs for their family members.
“Since last February we have not received our salaries, even though the salary is 3500 pounds only which can do nothing. One can imagine how different it is for us and our families.”
“A kilo of meat costs 2000 South Sudanese Pounds, yet the president and his deputies know that there is a rise in prices, and it is assumed that a special market for the poor will be established at low prices by the government in order to match our income” She said
Speaking during the visit of the Vice President for Cluster, Hussein Abdul Bagi Ayii to Juba Teaching Hospital last week, Modi said their lives were at risk posed by COVID-19 due to poor hygienic at the hospital.
“Although there is a desire to help people in light of these difficult situations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we lack the most basic supplies and needs such as water to wash hands to prevent coronavirus, only God protecting us,” she exclaimed.
A cleaner told City Review on condition of anonymity that the delayed salary forced her to do extra works out side to feed her children which still could not help.
“Even the salaries, despite their delay, do not help with the cost of living, not to mention the daily transportation, which costs at least 200 pounds to come to the workplace and the same to return, and the communication expenses and some other daily needs.”
“We are trying other ways to meet the needs of our children’s livelihood, we run additional work at night and evening to afford some of the expenses to feed our children.” She said.
Alarming with the poor environment at the Hospital, the Vice President, Hussein Abdul Bagi Ayii promised to resolve the issues of the health workers as soon as possible to save life.
“I promise that the government, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, will solve the problem of late salaries and also improve the salaries of health workers, he said.
However, Ayii called on doctors and nurses to discharge their duties with humanitarian heart to save life of their fellow South Sudanese despite challenges of low and delayed salaries

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