Patients who visited some hospitals and health facilities across the country were left stranded, following the strike embarked by the Heath Services Workers Union (HSWU) to press home their demand for the enhanced condition of service.
KINGSLEY E.HOPE, reports from KUMASI that patients were stranded at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospitals (KATH) and Polyclinic in the Kumasi metropolis.
The strike has affected services such as records, mortuary, security, IT, maintenance, and estates.
A visit to the records unit at the KATH, saw disappointment on the faces of some patients as there was no one to attend to them.
The story was very uncomfortable at the mortuary when the Ghanaian Times visited the place and found about 10 family members who expressed worry over their inability to collect the bodies of their relatives for burial.
The story was the same at the Manhyia District Hospital and South Suntreso Government Hospital.
CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, reports from EFFIA NKWANTA in the Western Region that at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital (ENRH), Kwesimintsim Hospital and the Takoradi Hospital (European Hospital), although, doctors and nurses were working, the complementary staff were absent as at 9:55 a.m. when this reporter visited the facility.
Operations at the Out-Patients-Department (OPD), X-ray, finance, estate, transport and sanitary units were down with no staff around.
The only exception was the temporary, contract, and emergency staff, who were on a stand-by to keep hospital operations running.
SAMUEL AKAPULE, reports from the Upper East Regional capital Bolgatanga, said there was decline in the attendance of patients at the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital as the Patient Department (OPD) which was always full to capacity was virtually empty.
YAKUBU ABDUL-MAJEED, reports from Tamale that all government hospitals and clinics in the Tamale Metropolis were empty, especially the Tamale Central Hospital where there were only a few patients seen in the hospital, but there were no nurses to attend to them.
Some of the patients who went to the Tamale Teaching Hospital could not access health service as no worker was there to attend to them.