A bleeding pregnant woman dropped dead after failing to get help at Haiti’s largest public hospital amid a six-week-old strike by medical staff.
Hundreds of people gathered around the woman’s body Wednesday just outside the General Hospital compound in Port-au-Prince’s crowded downtown. They covered her body in a blanket and carried it away in an impromptu protest, chanting: “Medicine needs to work!”
Public hospitals primarily serve Haiti’s poor and have been crippled by the strike. Doctors, interns and nurses walked off the job to protest unsafe working conditions, a dearth of basic medical supplies and dismal pay.
Dr. Joseph Herold says resident physicians earn just $120 a month. He says pay hasn’t increased for over 20 years.