Ghana’s public health sector could be hit by crisis is nurses and midwives go ahead with threats to lay down their tools in solidarity with unemployed colleagues whose protests over the past 12 months have not yielded the intended results.
The Coalition of Concerned Nurses and Midwives according to a statement issued on August 31st, follows recent media reports about some of the graduate nurses and midwives have now resorted to miniature jobs including kayayoo [head potter] and security work [watchman], to survive.
The statement, signed by its President, Henry Asante, noted with concern, government’s reluctance to open abandoned new health facilities while professionals ready to save lives sit at home.
Read the full statement below.
PRESS STATEMENT ISSUED BY COALITION OF CONCERNED NURSES AND MIDWIVES ON 31ST AUGUST, 2018 IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE UNEMPLOYED NURSES AND MIDWIVES
By this press statement, we concerned nurses and midwives want to bring to the attention of the government, and the media, our intention to embark on a strike action on 10th September, 2018 over the refusal of the government to postgraduate trained nurses and midwives who have completed school for over two years, despite the numerous picketing and demonstration by these nurses and midwives.
It’s worth knowing that, some of these nurses and midwives who are professionally trained to save lives have now resorted to kayayoo and security work (watchman), whiles patients are dying day-in and day-out due to lack of staffs in our hospitals.
Also, we have observed with keen interest that newly constructed health facilities are not being utilized due to the refusal of the government to employ these nurses and midwives to work in these facilities.
The aforementioned reasons have compelled we the coalition of concern nurses and midwives to embark on this strike action.
Cc. Ministry of health All media houses.
President, Henry Asante
P.R.O. Abdulai Rank 0204848648
Secretary: Agyapong Eva. 0201011227