The Alkamba Times (TAT) is aware of a nationwide strike action mooted by the Association of Public and Environmental Officers of the Gambia (APHEOG) their umbrella body, which is a press release on Monday 4th April 2022, confirmed the planned protest.
Sources informed TAT that the strike could go ahead throughout the country if the government fails to approve their proposed increase in allowances.
Sources at the Ministry of Health and the Directorate of Public Health have confirmed being aware of the planned protest, and that should the Health Ministry fail to meet the demand by 5th April 2022, all essential public health services will be locked down throughout the country.
They corroborated the information that the strike was contemplated after the Ministry refused to increase the allowances of members of the association, after increasing that of doctors and nurses.
“I can tell you that this strike will be conducted nationwide and all public health and environmental officers will put down their tools if Ministry failed to honor and approve our allowances.
“We have been very patient for more than a year. It is only the allowances of public and environmental officers that have not been increased,” a public health officer told our reporter.