REPORT: Haiti hospital chief kidnapped amid coronavirus emergency [VIDEO]

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BY TEAM DML / MARCH 28, 2020 /

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, March 27 (Reuters) – The director of one of Haiti’s top hospitals was kidnapped on Friday, prompting staff to refuse to take in new patients in protest as the impoverished country battles an outbreak of the novel coronavirus amid a spike in gang violence.

Dr. Jerry Bitar, a surgeon, was kidnapped shortly after leaving for work at Hospital Bernard Mevs from his home in an upmarket neighborhood of the capital, hospital staff told Reuters.

The article goes on to state the following:

REPORT: DOCTOR is arrested for deliberately coughing on his co-workers

A crowd gathered outside the facility in solidarity with Bitar, who runs the hospital together with his twin brother, while staff chanted in unison calls for his release. Haitian media outlets also pleaded for bandits to free Bitar.

Hospital workers are holding protests and demanding the doctor’s release. The report notes that kidnappings for ransom have sharply increased this year amid a political and economic crisis in Haiti.

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