Sierra Leonean doctors start nationwide strike over economic hardship


Medical doctors across Sierra Leone on Monday commenced an indefinite sit-down strike, demanding better conditions of service amid the economic hardship in the West African country.

Peter Mark Jajua, Public Relations officer of the Sierra Leone Medical and Dental Association, said the government in May made some deductions from their monthly salaries without any explanation and their individual weekly 45 liters of fuel was not being supplied to them.

He said they have had some meetings with the government about the issue, but the government has not looked into their demands yet.

Some doctors said the prices of essential commodities have increased and their salaries received are not commensurate with the economic situation.

Due to the strike, some hospitals in Sierra Leone have temporarily stopped receiving new patients from Monday.

The strike action will last as long as their demands are met, said Jajua.