13 June 2018

Angola: Luanda - Governor Assures FAA Staff Assistance to Patients

Cazenga — The governor of Luanda province Adriano Mendes de Carvalho called for calm and patience to the residents in need of health assistance, assuring that nurses belonging to the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) will provide care to the patients.

The governor made the assurance to the press Wednesday in Cazenga municipality, Luanda, during a ceremony to distribute 200 FAA nurses to Luanda-based hospitals.

This follows the strike convened last Monday by Luanda Nurses Union (SINTENFL).

The FAA staff are filling the gaps left by nurses who have halted health services, due to a lack of consensus between the professionals of the sector and the employer.

Adriano Mendes de Carvalho said he hopes the FAA staff would respond, in a short period of time, to the needs of the populations and keep the hospitals functioning normally.

The governor said that he did not oppose to the nurses' strike, but he regrets seeing children dying.

That is why the military have been called in to help the population and replace health workers on strike, he stressed.

Of the number (200), 55 soldiers are working in Cazenga municipality.

According to a source close to Luanda Government, 300 military and police members will reinforce the staff in the next phase.

The parties are meeting again Wednesday to seek a consensus, as the previous meetings failed to yield results.

Despite the health workers' strike, nurses in some hospitals such as Ngangula, General hospital of Luanda, Capalanga, Cajueiros, Neves Bendinha and Maianga, continue working normally, Angop learnt.

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