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'No new patients until release': WATCH staff protest KIDNAPPING of Haiti hospital chief as Covid-19 takes root in country

Added 03-27-20 09:37:02pm EST - “The chief surgeon and director at one of Haiti's major hospitals was kidnapped on his way into work, triggering protests from the facility's staff, who have refused to take any new patients until the doctor is freed.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “'No new patients until release': WATCH staff protest KIDNAPPING of Haiti hospital chief as Covid-19 takes root in country”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The surgeon, Dr. Jerry Bitar, was abducted soon after leaving his home for the Bernard Mevs hospital in Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince on Friday, an administrator at the facility told Reuters. Crowds gathered outside the hospital to demand for Bitar’s release, chanting slogans and declining treatment for any new arrivals.

“Hospital staff decided not to take any new cases for the time being,” said the administrator, Carla Puzo, adding “We will continue to look after those already here.”

Hospital workers protest the kidnapping of Dr. Jerry Bitar who was kidnapped today while on the way to work. "We will not continue to work without the release of Dr. Bitar.""This is a hospital that accepts everyone, whether they can afford it or not." https://t.co/6k0VIeyN1opic.twitter.com/5SNrdFRKon

The kidnapping of Bitar, who runs the hospital alongside his twin brother, comes as such abductions are on a steep rise in the country – the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, according to the World bank – with bandits taking residents hostage and demanding ransom payments.

Haitian President Jovenel Moise pleaded for Bitar’s release in a national address on Friday, dubbing the surgeon a “general” in the war against the pandemic and calling on police and judicial authorities to do all in their power to find the kidnappers.

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