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Suspension Of Public Health Officers Reduced To 1 month

Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh
Minister of Health

By Buba Gagigo

The Ministry of Health has reduced the 2 months suspension of the 371 public health officers to a month (July) and urged them to resume work today.

“This office would like you to convey to all affected staff that in connection with the decision of the Public Service Commission lifting the suspension, the Ministry of Health wishes to call on all the concerned Public and Environmental Health officers affected by the suspension to return to their duty post with effect from 1st August, 2022.

“Once again, this office wishes to reiterate that it’s open to dialogue and believes it’s the only way to resolving issues of personal and national concern or interest,” the Ministry of Health said in a letter dated 29th July 2022.

Last month, the government announced a two-month (July and August) suspension of 371 Public and Environmental Health Officers without pay, which has now been reduced to a month.

The ministry said the suspension without salary was as a result of the noncompliance of the officers to return to work during their industrial strike that the ministry called “unauthorised absence”. The officers were demanding the payment of certain allowances during the sit-down strike 

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