The Ministry of Health (MOH) has directed heads of units and directorates of public health facilities to remain at post and ensure that patients get the necessary pharmaceutical services in the wake of the ongoing strike by Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA).
It has also directed that pharmacies in public hospitals remain open for non-striking staff to handle the pharmacies under the supervision of the institutional head to maintain constant communication.
Subsequently, the heads were also to ensure continuous dispensing of medications at the facilities, while patients on admission and out-patients continued to have complete supply of medications.
A statement issued by the MOH’s Public Relations Unit, and released to the media over the weekend, said the directive was to ensure the continuous supply of medicines to patients at all public health institutions amidst GHOPSA’s indefinite strike.
“The Ministry is monitoring the strike situation to ensure uninterrupted service delivery and we advise the public to remain calm as the Government stayed on with negotiations to resolve the impasse,” it said.
The ministry, according to the statement, appealed to the pharmacists to restore services while negotiations continued. Stating “It is, therefore, the view of the Ministry that the people of Ghana, the poor and vulnerable as well as distressed patients would be served should GHOSPA continue to negotiate with a view to reaching agreement with the Fair Wages Salaries Commission (FWSC).”
The statement stated that, the FWSC was committed to continuing the negotiations, while the Ministry commits itself to ensuring fair and adequate remuneration for all categories of health workers, which could only be done through proper procedure and respect for law.
According to the statement, “Section 162 of the Labour Act, (Act 651) provides that a party to an industrial dispute shall not resort to strike action when negotiation is in progress,”, saying, “The negotiation has not concluded.”
By Times Reporter