The Midwives’ Union in Algeria has called for protests today against the standard of healthcare institutions and, mainly, university hospital centres. All midwives are requested to take part. In a Facebook post, the union also denounced what describes as a “smear campaign” against its members on social networks and media outlets, which blames midwives for “all the failings” of Algeria’s health system.
Wahiba Ouhaioune, the President of the union’s national office, confirmed that the protest will be held outside the Mustapha Pacha Hospital in Algiers. Protesters are being encouraged to wear black armbands or badges with the words, “Doctors angry”. Ouhaioune insisted that the protests are not a strike, and that the union will make sure that emergency department staff will be on duty “to ensure that there is no negligence during the sit-in.”
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