Doctors’ strike ends today

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Issued: Tuesday 27 March 2018

The Gambia Association for Resident Doctors (GARD) may today resume work after more than three weeks of sit down strike, one person familiar with the matter told The Point.

An executive member of GRAD who spoke to our reporter said the sit down strike is likely to end today after receiving an important document from the government. However, the content of the document was not revealed to The Point.

“We got a document from the government and it’s likely that we will all resume work today.”

Quizzed by our reporter as to what kind of document they received from the government he declined to comment further.

Asked again whether the document they got from the government was an apology letter from the minister of Health, but the source said the issue was beyond the Health minister. “However, you will be informed when as to why we decided to embark on such a strike.”

Health and Social Welfare Minister Saffie Low-Ceesay, had accused doctors of stealing medicine, and she apologised over her comments but doctors insisted it was not enough, as they pushed for some unrealistic demands including her resignation.

The minister was quoted saying in a local newspaper that efforts in developing The Gambia’s health sector are held back by corruption and unpatriotic doctors.

According to Minister Lowe-Ceesay, unless corruption is wiped out from the system, the country’s health sector would not realise its objectives.

Author: Momodou Jawo