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Algeria paramedics strike shortly followed

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ALGIERS - The indefinite strike launched Tuesday in Algeria by professional paramedics following the call of their union SAP has been observed only in 22 provinces on 48, with a follow-up rate of 11.24%, said the Ministry of Health.

  •    "Following the strike call initiated by the Union of Algerian Paramedic (SAP), Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform informed that verifications conducted throughout the country indicate that this strike was followed in only 22 only with a comprehensive follow-up rate equal to 11.24%, the ministry said in a statement published by the APS.
  •    While recalling that justice had declared "illegal" this strike, the ministry said that "public schools are functioning and that professionals in general are mobilized to support the citizens."
  •    Calling for dialogue, he invited the initiators of the strike to "stop the illegal and unfounded movement."
  •    Work stoppages of about 100,000 members will last "until demands are met," said Tuesday morning the Secretary General of SAP Lounès Ghachi.
  •    The paramedics, who had already served a two-day strike on 1 and 2 February, followed by almost 90% according to the union demands included the enactment of its special status, providing for a pay rise.
  •    Algeria has 300 general hospitals, 14 university hospitals (CHU) and 1,200 polyclinics.
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  • Ennaharonline/ M. O.

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