Health workers from clinics and hospitals have declared a nationwide 15-day strike as of Monday, July 15, in protest for many grievances. The staff is asking for more government-backed regulation on compliance and a budget expansion for salaries, equipment, and infrastructure.
Should the government not respond to demands, workers will extend their strike to last a total of 30 days.
Protests and marches are to be expected throughout the strike, particularly in Asuncion and other urban centers across the country. They are likely to occur near hospitals, clinics, and government buildings in the coming several days and weeks.
A heightened security presence and transportation disruptions are to be expected near all gatherings. Service disruptions and long wait times are also likely at hospitals and clinics, though emergency services will be available.
Individuals Paraguay, and particularly Asuncion, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate localized disruptions and a heightened security presence near any demonstrations, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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