Angolan doctors suspended, for a month, the strike that had lasted since March 21, due to the high mortality recorded in hospitals and accuse the Government of having started “a witch hunt”.
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 April 25 and May 27, was taken at the general meeting that took place in the last saturday.
“We have been seeing a high mortality rate in hospitals, given the insensitivity of the government. 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 Angolan executive of having started a “witch hunt” shortly after the return of the doctors, sending striking doctors who were specializing to their hospitals of origin, situations that have occurred especially in David Bernardino hospitals. , Américo Boavida and at the Instituto Oftalmológico (IONA).
For all this, Sinmea appealed to justice and proceeded with a popular action against several hospital leaders and the Ministry of Health, “for the administrative acts that they have been carrying out during the strike period and that 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.