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Doctors return to strike indefinitely

Doctors will be paralyzed again from this Monday, indefinitely, working with only 25 percent of the workforce to ensure minimum services, announced the National Union of Doctors of Angola (SINMEA).


According to the strike declaration approved on Saturday at the general meeting, to which Lusa had access, the strike is extended to all health units, from 08:00 on March 21, 2022, indefinitely.

While the strike lasts, work in the wards, seminars, specialty internships, admission and discharge of patients, as well as the passing of reports, medical certificates and death certificates are suspended. However, minimum services will be guaranteed "in the order of 25 percent in emergency and intensive care banks for the care of critically ill patients (red and orange)", adds the document.

This is the second strike in three months, after a week-long strike last December.

On the 20th of September of last year, SINMEA sent to the tutelage a claim book that had as its main thrust the reframing and compensation of the doctor and president of the union, Adriano Manuel, since the situation falls within the scope of violation of the union law, improvement of working conditions and an increase in doctors' salaries.

The Ministry of Health (Minsa) "responded in writing with contempt and in an insulting way, killing the hopes of those whose mission is to save lives", which led to the December strike, which was suspended after negotiations with the executive who promised to respond to the claim book in 90 days.

Health professionals complain, however, that little has been done, as 100 days after the moratorium has only been resolved on the first point, concerning the removal of Adriano Manuel, and partially on updating his medical career.

The president of SINMEA, a pediatrician, had been away from his job since 2020, after reporting the death of dozens of children in just one day in the emergency room of the David Bernardino Pediatric Hospital, which earned him a lawsuit. discipline and transfer to the area of ​​human resources of the Ministry of Health.

In its strike statement, SINMEA points out several concerns such as the increase in the mortality rate in children under five years old (one of the highest in the world), the "glaring" lack of essential medicines to fight diseases such as malaria and the lack of resources humans.
According to SINMEA, despite the creation of new health units, public tenders to recruit doctors and nurses have not been opened.

"Since 2020, there have been no public tenders to recruit new doctors. Health units with high technology continue to be built, without previously trained human resources, while primary care services continue in a permanent decline", criticizes SINMEA, lamenting also the hiring of doctors in Cuba, to the detriment of professionals trained in Angola.

SINMEA also denounces the low salaries and "accelerated physical and psychological exhaustion of our professionals".

The general assembly of doctors assigned to SINMEA took place on Saturday, in the João Paulo II auditorium of the Catholic University, with about 340 doctors, in addition to 2500 doctors spread across the national territory and abroad, through the digital zoom platform.

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