News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

Mauritanian doctors end strike


The forty-five days of industrial action by Mauritanian doctors has been suspended for two weeks to give room for further talks.

The doctors reached this decision during a general meeting in camera to discuss the developments of the strike and the chances of a successful mediation.

“The mediation is conducted by reliable public figures outside the government and provided with specific guarantees,” a source close to the file told APA.

Organized by the two unions of general practitioners and specialists, the strike, overwhelmingly observed in Mauritanian cities, was prompted by wage demands and the improvement of working conditions.

As a sanction, the Mauritanian Health Ministry, which described the movement as illegal, announced the suspension of strikers’ salaries and sacked several of their leaders.

Reacting to this, the strikers collectively terminated their contracts with the Nouakchott Military Hospital.

In spite of this work stoppage, a minimum service is ensured in all the emergency structures of the country.