Damongo Govt Hospital nurses continue with strike

Nurses at the Damongo Government Hospital in the West Gonja District of the Savannah Region continued with their sit-down strike over claims of unpaid allowance.

The nurses on the second day of the strike, on Tuesday, refused to attend to Out-Patients Department cases in the hospital.

They, however, offered services to the children, pregnant women and those in critical conditions.

According to them, the strike would continue till the time that management of the hospital responded positively to their demands.

“We are not prepared to call off this strike, we will continue with it till management of the hospital pay us the allowance,” they stated.

The nurses warned that they would stop offering their services to the vulnerable should the management fail to pay them their allowance by Thursday.

“We are giving the management 72 hours to pay or we stop and abandon all patients in the hospital,” they warned.

They further called for the removal of the administrator and the Matron of the hospital, claiming that the two were the cause of the hospital’s problems.

On Monday, the nurses of the hospital embarked on the sit-down strike over the failure of the hospital to pay them their allowance.

A press release, which was signed by Abdul-Karim Issah, Chairman of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, and copied to the media, announced the strike.

The action of the nurses left scores of patients who visited the hospital for medical care stranded at the hospital, which is the only reliable medical facility in the district.

Many of the patients went to the hospital very early on Monday and Tuesday, but had to leave for their homes, as the nurses would not attend to them.

Information available to the Ghanaian Times yesterday indicated that the Savannah Regional Minister, Salifu Adam Brahima was working with relevant stakeholders of the hospital to resolve the issue.

 FROM YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, DAMONGO

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