Health Minister-designate Vows to Absorb Health Workers on GOL Payroll

first_imgThe Minister of Health-designate, Dr. Bernice Dahn, has hit the ground running to make peace with health workers by vowing to do all in her capacity, if confirmed by the Senate, to absorb health workers into the Government’s payroll system.This has been one of the contentious issues between the Ministry of Health and the National Health Workers’ Association of Liberia (NHWAL). Health workers, through their president, Mr. Joseph Tamba, have said that they want all of their colleagues to be included on the payroll. More than 2000 public health workers are not on the GOL payroll although some of them receive other incentives.Dr. Dahn made the commitment when she officially closed the three-day Health System Assessment and Investment Plan Consensus Meeting, which was being held at the Paynesville City Hall.    The Minister-designate’s first public pronouncement, just hours after being appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, was about the health workers who had threatened through their leadership to oppose her appointment. She would have to be confirmed by the Senate before performing the functions of the Health Minister-proper.Dr. Dahn, who has served as Deputy Minister for Health Services for the last eight years, requested Senator Dr. (MD) Peter S. Coleman and Representative Johnson Toe Chea to grant a team from the Ministry to convey to lawmakers the importance of putting more money into the health budget so that health workers can be included on government’s payroll.“We will do all we can to get them on the payroll. Even if it means sitting in hot offices at the Ministry just to get them on the payroll, that will be done. We are willing to make the sacrifices in order to get our health workers on the payroll,” Health Minister-designate Dahn assured everyone in the hall.As she left the stage, she received a standing ovation from the conferees, including international and local health partners.Dr. Dahn’s statement has been received in good faith by Mr. Joseph Tamba, president, NHWAL.  As his personal response, he stated, “I want to thank Dr. Dahn for this initiative. I look forward to see it coming to pass.” He, however, added that the health workers’ association was waiting to see what happens.Speaking earlier, Senator Dr. Peter Coleman said discussion on the issue of extra funding to put all the health workers on payroll is now going to be easy for him and other lawmakers who advocate for them (health workers) to their fellow lawmakers.Dr.  Coleman, a former Minister of Health and Social Welfare, further stated that the deadly Ebola virus disease has taught a lesson that there is a need to give health workers good pay.In his remarks, Rep. Johnson Toe Chea also reiterated the need for health workers to be adequately compensated in line with their jobs because their lives are always at risk.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Europa League final: Manchester United v Ajax – All the stats and facts you need

first_imgManchester United will take on Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday, May 24 in Stockholm.You can listen to the game live on talkSPORT from 7pm as Jose Mourinho’s team attempt to end the season on a high and book a place in next term’s Champions League in the process.Here are all the stats and facts you need to know ahead of the big game…* This will be the first time since 2002 that a Dutch club has reached a UEFA Cup/Europa League final (Feyenoord); Manchester United are the third English side in five seasons to reach the final (Chelsea in 2013 and Liverpool in 2016).* Ajax and Manchester United have met four times before in European competition sharing two wins apiece (two games in the first round of the 1976/77 UEFA Cup and two legs in the round of 32 during the 2011/12 Europa League campaign).* This will be the third meeting between English and Dutch sides in a European final (also Spurs v Feyenoord in 1974, and Ipswich v AZ in 1981, both in the UEFA Cup).* Ajax are in their first European final since their penalty shoot-out defeat to Juventus during the 1995/96 Champions League campaign.* The Europa League final will be played exactly 22 years after Ajax claimed their last European trophy by beating Milan in the 1995 Champions League final; that game featured Justin Kluivert’s father, Patrick, and Daley Blind’s father, Danny.* The Dutch club have lifted the trophy in six of their last eight major European finals whilst the Red Devils have won four of their six; those two defeats coming in the most recent appearances however (2008/09 and 2010/11 Champions League finals versus Barcelona).* Manchester United have reached the final of the Europa League/UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.* The Red Devils have gone 10 matches unbeaten in this competition (W7 D3); conceding just four goals in that time.* This game will be the 56th official game for Ajax this season, a new club record for the Amsterdam side.* Ajax have lost two of their last three Europa League outings; letting in seven goals across that period.* Ajax have lost three of their last four matches played in the UEFA Cup/Europa League against English opposition (W1) whilst United have lost two of their last three in this competition versus Dutch clubs (W1).* Just two of the last 16 UEFA Cup/Europa League finals have been decided by a penalty shoot-out (Sevilla beating Espanyol on penalties in the 2006/07 edition and then doing the same to Benfica in the 2013/14 campaign); 10 have been won in 90 minutes with a further four being decided in extra-time.* There have been nine goals scored across the last two Europa League finals (an average of 4.5 per game).* José Mourinho has won all six meetings with Ajax as a manager; those previous matches have all come in the Champions League with Real Madrid.* Stockholm’s Friends Arena is hosting a UEFA club competition final for the very first time.* Marcus Rashford has been directly involved in each of Manchester United’s last four goals in the Europa League (two goals & two assists).* Hakim Ziyech has recorded four assists in his last three Europa League appearances for Ajax.* No player has recorded more shots on target this season in this competition than Bertrand Traoré (16); only Zenit’s Giuliano (14) has been directly involved in more goals this term than Traoré (8 – four goals and four assists).* Only Patrick Kluivert and Ton Blanker (both 7) have scored more goals than Kasper Dolberg (6) as a teenager for Ajax in European competition.* Amin Younes (73) has completed more dribbles in the Europa League this season than the next two best players combined (Paul Pogba, 37 and Bertrand Traoré, 31). Manchester United and Ajax will play for this glittering prize 1last_img read more