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  9. Colombian health workers protest lack of supplies, pay delays

    Health workers held a protest in Bogotá, Colombia on May 21 to protest the government’s failure to provide adequate personal protection equipment (PPE) to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. The action was supported by the Bogotá Citizen Watchdog and the Colombian Medical Federation.

    The protesters denounced the poor quality of the PPE that they have received, as well as outrageous overcharging, as much as 1,000 percent, often after delays in promised delivery. They blame the government of right-wing US ally Iván Duque for this neglect, which has played a role in the infections of nearly 1,000 health workers and the deaths of at least 12.

    In addition, they called for an end to delays in the payment of salaries, saying that many health workers have not been paid for months.

    According to colombiareports.com, Health Minister Fernando Ruiz “did not respond to either the protests or the concerns of the civil and health organizations over the alleged persistent neglect in the response to the pandemic.”

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/26/wrkr-m26.html

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