Speaking to Lusa, the president of the National Union of Doctors of Angola (Sinmea), Adriano Manuel, says that the decision to interrupt the strike, between the 25th of April and the 27th of May, was taken at the general meeting that took place in last Saturday.
"We have been seeing a high mortality rate in hospitals, given the government's insensitivity. If we continued on strike, we would also be insensitive and that's why we took this decision", he justified.
According to Adriano Manuel, in a single day, one of Luanda's hospitals - which he declined to identify - reached a peak of 30 deaths. "That's what made us retreat in our positioning", he underlined
The union leader said that the Ministry of Health has placed newly trained doctors and trainees on emergency benches who have not yet acquired the necessary skills, which will have influenced the number of deaths.
Adriano Manuel also accused the executive of having started a "witch hunt" soon after the return of the doctors, sending striking doctors to their hospitals of origin who were specializing, situations that have occurred mainly in the David Bernardino hospitals, Américo Boavida and the Ophthalmological Institute (IONA).
For all these reasons, Sinmea appealed to the courts and launched a popular action against several hospital leaders and the Ministry of Health, "for the administrative acts they have been carrying out during the strike period and which harm public health", as well as a petition to be delivered to the National Assembly, the Attorney General of the Republic and the Ombudsman.
With the suspension of the strike, the official also hopes that a way for dialogue will be opened and that the Government will resume negotiations.