Al-Sabeen hospital employees seek change

Published on 26 January 2012 in News
Nadia Haddash (author)

Nadia Haddash


SANA’A – Doctors, medics and employees at state-run Al-Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a commenced a strike on Tuesday, and are demanding administration changes and an end to corruption.


The demonstrators also demanded worker equality, salary increases, and that employees be provided with awards and privileges.


Dr. Sameera Abbas said that the situation at the hospital should be changed. “Corruption is rampant in every department at the hospital and it’s time for us to change. This change would be in the interest of all our hospital’s employees.”


Dr. Abdul-Wahab Al-Madhhaji stressed the importance of equal treatment for the staff, and indicated that there is a big difference between Al-Sabeen hospital and other governmental hospital that provide their staffs with better salaries and awards, such as Al-Thawra and Al-Askari hospitals.


Dr. Kozeet Al-Aseeri told the Yemen Times that one-hour strikes will continue every day.


“We will continue until our legal demands are met,” she said. “Those employees have been working for many years and they simply demand their basic rights.”


Al-Aseeri, who has received two anonymous threats because of her demands, indicted that she felt the eradication of the outgoing administration and creation of a more able administration will change the hospital’s situation for the better.


Elsewhere, large-scale protests have erupted in hundreds of state military and civil institutions with demands that corrupt officials be changed and better livelihoods afforded.