PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – After 154 days, on Monday, the doctors and nurses of Haiti’s public hospitals announced the official end of their strike.
The strike launched by resident physicians of the State University of Haiti Hospital (HUEH) had paralyzed the largest public hospital in Haiti, the General Hospital, and all others since March 28.
“We have decided to lift the strike, following the commitments made by health authorities to satisfy our demands,” said Dr. Roosevelt Aubourg of the inter-hospital committee according to Haiti Libre. Dr. Aubourg emphasized, in particular, their satisfaction with the adoption of the 2016-2017 budget on Thursday by the Chamber of deputies. The new budget adds an additional 800 million gourdes ($12.7 million [USD]) to the health sector. The budget must still be accepted in the Senate.
“We learned that sanitation and rehabilitation work is underway in hospitals, that inputs are being delivered as we demanded,” added Dr. Aubourg which highlights the agreement for gradual adjustment of fees for residents and interns, stating that the Government had promised a 200% increase in fees for residents and resident doctors, waiting to bring them to 25 and 30 thousand gourdes.
For Dr. Aubourg this strike should have never gone on for so long. He accuses government officials for the slow pace of negotiations.
During the strike many had died at the footsteps of the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince and perhaps many more in their homes. In May, a 3-year old girl was taken to the hospital by her parents and died that early morning for not getting care. The parents are convince that the intervention of a doctor could have saved her.