Qacha’s Nek, March 15 — Health workers of Hermitage health centre in Ha Manteko have today resumed services following a temporary strike over non-payment of their salaries.
In an interview with the Agency, the Clinic Manager, Ms. Senate Makhaola said it has been two weeks without their salaries and they were paid yesterday after 5 pm.
“We appreciate that we got paid but we hope this will not happen again as this affects not only us but our patients as well,’’ she said.
Two weeks ago, they attended to emergencies only until last week Monday when they learnt that their bosses were not making any promises.
Ha Manteko Assistant Chief, Mr. Moshoeshoe Leqabanyo said he had received reports that services have restarted though he has not gone to the clinic for confirmation.
The advocacy and communications officer of Christian Health Association of Lesotho (CHAL), Ms. Lebohang Liphapang said the Ministry of Health gave them funds last Friday and payments have been made.
CHAL currently provides about 40 percent of health care in Lesotho and it is a key partner of the Government of Lesotho (GoL) in the health sector through its five member churches, namely; Anglican Church in Lesotho, Assemblies of God Church, Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa, Roman Catholic Church, and Seventh Day Adventist Church of Southern Africa.
Among the member churches they own eight hospitals and 71 health centres throughout Lesotho and four of the clinics are based in Qacha’s Nek.
Hermitage serves thousands of villagers apart from the five villages assigned to serve, including people from Sehlabathebe.