Cameroon – Doctors Strike: Despite government’s threats, the strike was respected.

Yaounde General Hospital
Written by Deckson N.

Despite calls from the Minister of Public Health, the strike movement launched by the Doctors Trade Union Cameroon has largely been followed.

André Mama Fouda, had dissuaded the doctors from continuing their strike. The Minister of Public Health had even carried out “disciplinary assignments” of the members of the SYMEC. However, the doctors followed the call to strike between May 15 and May 17, 2017 launched by this union.

La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) published on May 16 indicates that the strike was largely followed in Douala on the first day of the disengagement. At the Laquintinie Hospital, doctors, especially the specialists, were not present. As a result, queues have been lengthy in front of certain services.

Other doctors present, wore black armbands. At the Deido hospital, the newspaper said it was difficult to know if the strike was being followed. “It is difficult here to assert accurately the effectiveness of the strike. No physician is visible and nobody wants to say anything about the strike. The nurses as for them are in position. The image is almost identical to the General Hospital of Douala, “the newspaper writes, adding that the strike was followed in the same proportions in Yaoundé.

Our colleague concludes that the SYMEC appeal received a favorable response. According to a statement, the national office of the union called “all doctors to stay at home to observe the strike. Only doctors on duty or on duty in the emergency room should go to the hospital with a black armband on their arm. On 18 May, we will resume work with a black armband on our arm to mark our protest, “advised the trade unionists.

As a reminder, doctors are calling for the rapid implementation of basic health insurance with universal coverage; The salary increase of physicians in the public sub-sector and the direct payment of state subsidies to physicians in the private subsector in the form of monthly bonuses; The urgent removal of non-salary assignments and the acceleration of case processing procedures and the increase in the age of retirement from 55 to 65 years.

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