10 January 2013

Angola: Luanda Governor Urges Unionists to Work With Lawyers

Luanda — The provincial governor of Luanda, Bento Bento, Wednesday called on the nurses union leaders to work with lawyers in order to promote the clarification and correct interpretation of some laws to avoid misunderstandings.

Bento Bento made the appeal while addressing a meeting between the Luanda Provincial Government, Ministry of Health, trade unionists and other health officials, with the aim to clarify the doubts in the interpretation of the decree n º 254/10 of November 17, approving nursing career and Decree No. 54/2003 of 05 August, which approves the general Regulation of the health units of the national health service.

According to the governor, several health centres in the municipalities of Viana, Cazenga and Cacuaco, paralysed their nursing activities at the behest of some leaders of unions of nurses, allegedly because the aforementioned decree prohibiting them from acting as the realization consultations, physical examinations and determine diagnoses, which was misinterpreted because the document never prevented such functions of nurses.

For this reason and to avoid innocent people to suffer by these attitudes, the governor urged union members to work with lawyers, able to dispel possible doubts of the law, having advised to abdicate themselves of unionism by populism.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Health, José Van-Dúnem, and the Luanda provincial prosecutor of the Republic, João Luís de Freitas.

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