Nurses at the National Referral Hospital are currently staging a sit in protest outside the outpatient and car park area.

The national nurses association, with membership close to 500, says they are unhappy with the non-payment of allowance for the past two months. They say that as front-line workers they are performing duties above and beyond what would be considered routine work.

The general secretary of the association Steve Maitani told the Solomon Business Magazine the government had made a commitment to pay nurses allowances for working on the frontline, in the main national referral hospital and within the Honiara emergency zone during the pandemic.

Maitani said none of the allowances have been paid.

He says the protest will continue until the government agrees to set a date for payment of the outstanding allowances.

Solomon Islands has so far recorded 8 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in managed quarantine four which are currently active cases.

All of those who have tested positive so far are repatriated Solomon Islands citizens.

With SBM and RNZ