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Dominican doctors stage walkout as zika virus looms

Santiago.- Doctors, nurses and administrative staff and 24 support public health centers across the city staged a 24-hour walkout demanding better working conditions and salaries, while the presence of the zika virus has been confirmed.

Dominican Medical Guild (CMD) north region president Naoky Rodriguez said nearly 100 percent of the personnel heeded the call to strike. “It was a real success organized around Central Cibao (north) and even towns in the northwest region, we are satisfied.”

Rodriguez said the strike halted services at the Cabral, Estrella and Grullon public hospitals, whereas local media reported walkouts in public hospitals in the cities of Moca, La Vega, Jarabacoa, Constanza, Puerto Plata, San Francisco and Samana.

Doctors, nurses and staff in the public health system demand 5% of the national budget for their sector, better equipped clinics, wage increases, and the appointment of more health professionals, including paramedics.

The strike at the north-central region is set to conclude 6am Thursday, but the CMD called for a walkout in public health centers in the south region for tomorrow.

Source: DT

Jan 27, 2016

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