The Comoro Health Centre’s (SSC) Dental Clinic is closed due to lack of medication. The clinic was closed due to the strike action by workers at the Autonomous Drugs and Equipment Services (SAMES) which disrupted the supply of essential medication. “The clinic is not servicing dental patients due to lack of medicines. They must return another day. The Director is not available today, she is probably in a meeting discussing the current situation,” said an anonymous health official working at the centre (07/08) at the Comoro Health Centre, Dili.Two health workers are providing services at the clinic.
Member of Parliament (M) Josefa Alvares Soares said public servants had the right to strike, however they should also consider the impact of long drawn out actions on the health of patients requiring medical attention.“I believe in striking as a protest, but they shouldn’t do it for too long because this can endanger people’s lives,” said the MP. TDW spoke to four patients who get very angry after finding out about the strike only after arriving at the clinic, from a sign which read “Clinic shut due to lack of mediation”.
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