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08 Aug 2019 | 04:34 AM UTC

Costa Rica: Healthcare workers extend nationwide strike for 72 hours August 7-10 /update 1

Health professionals call further 72-hour nationwide strike August 7-10; service disruptions to be expected



Healthcare professionals in Costa Rica have extended their nationwide strike for 72 hours, as of Wednesday, August 7, at 06:00 (local time) through Saturday, August 10. The healthcare sector continues to demand improved conditions for health services and to protest the government's aim to privatize health services.

Disruptions to healthcare services should be expected throughout the strike period. Protests are possible around health centers, hospitals, and government offices. Associated transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence should be expected in the vicinity of any protest.  


Costa Rican healthcare staff began their nationwide strike over 48 hours on August 5 through August 7. Staff previously stated that a minimum of key services, including emergency room, pharmaceutical, and laboratory services, will be guaranteed during the strike.


Individuals in Costa Rica, and particularly in San José, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate localized transportation and business disruptions, long wait times for healthcare services, and a heightened security presence near possible protest sites.

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