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Doctors' Union holds ministry and hospital responsible for death outside the unit

The president of the National Union of Angolan Doctors (SINMEA), Adriano Manuel, this Wednesday held the Ministry of Health and the director of Hospital Américo Boavida (HAB) responsible for the death of a citizen outside that hospital unit in Luanda.

: Ampe Rogério/Lusa
Ampe Rogério/Lusa  

"To energetically and vehemently condemn the irresponsible, unprofessional behavior of Professor Mário Fernandes [general director of HAB] during his statements to the public media, as his [suspended] colleague was not heard", said the president this Wednesday from SINMEA to Lusa.

Reacting to the death of a 25-year-old citizen at the door of HAB, on Tuesday, an event that led to the suspension of the medical team in service due to alleged negligence, Adriano Manuel regrets that the suspended doctor was not heard, within the scope of the process.

The union leader highlighted that a commission of inquiry was created to investigate the events and this body "has not yet reached any conclusion" on the matter: "Therefore, it is not fair to condemn a professional at a public auction without being heard".

"Who should listen to the professional? Was the specialty college, as well as the Order of Doctors of Angola, heard? No", he said.

The union president said that in a conversation with the suspended doctor, he assured that "he had no contact with the patient in question and that the same patient must not have even gone through screening".

"You should not condemn someone without being heard, during an investigation, so that we can reach a conclusion", he insisted.

The HAB management announced the suspension of the medical team, following this incident, and reported the incident, due to alleged negligence of the medical team on duty, to the Criminal Investigation Service.

Images circulating on social media show the corpse of a young man on the ground outside the HAB, located in the Urban District of Rangel.

According to Adriano Manuel, some services at HAB, one of the tertiary level hospitals in the Angolan capital, "are closed" and its general director, by "not assuming" the closure of the unit's services, wants to "demarcate" himself from his responsibility as manager.

"Therefore, no service should and should never be closed, even if a field hospital was created internally to resolve problems related to medicine", he argued.

The president of SINMEA said that the HAB was temporarily closed, with only orthotraumatology and surgery services remaining in activity, noting that its geographical location should prevent the hospital unit's management from closing a large part of the services.

"It should also be noted that HAB is located in an area where we probably have around 4 to 5 million inhabitants and, therefore, it is not fair for services to be closed", he stressed.

The trade unionist and pediatrician also held the Ministry of Health responsible for the citizen's death, due to the fact that the ministerial entity "failed to create humane conditions and medical resources in hospitals and health centers on the outskirts".

The Ministry of Health "is not without blame in this case, as it should create conditions both from the point of view of human resources and resources in peripheral hospitals and health centers to respond to serious situations that could eventually occur in these locations", pointed.

According to Adriano Manuel, if the Ministry of Health had created the conditions in the primary and secondary health system "the patients would certainly not arrive with the severity with which this patient arrived at HAB".


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