Delivery of supplies not enough to end Haiti hospital strike
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A truckload of basic medical supplies has been delivered to Haiti's largest public hospital but resident doctors say it's not nearly enough to end their weeks-old strike.
A few dozen boxes of gloves, gauze and other materials were unloaded by government workers Thursday at the General Hospital compound in Port-au-Prince. Health authorities say there will be five more truckloads.
But Dr. Jhon Evenst Douyon says this first delivery would last only three days at the chronically under-resourced teaching hospital.
Douyon and other resident doctors have refused to take new patients since late March, saying the government isn't providing supplies or compensating them fairly.
A number of Haiti's long-struggling public hospitals have joined the strike in solidarity, protesting a persistent dearth of supplies, dismal pay and unsafe working conditions.