Healthcare Workers Strike in Ecuador

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador-More than 100 nurses and doctors marching on the streets of the large port city of Guayaquil. Although police fired tear gas in an attempt to scatter the group, they continued their procession toward the government palace.

It wasn't until riot police stepped in that the medical workers halted.

The protest stems in the healthcare workers' (HCWs) complaints about money and respect.

Rosa Santamaria, president of the Nurses Federation told reporters she has been working as a nurse for more than 17 years, yet only receives the equivalent of $46 each month.

There are more than 26,000 public sector HCWs on strike, pushing all non-critical surgeries and consultations to the wayside.

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