Patients stranded at Manhyia Hospital over Nurses’ strike

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After nurses at the hospital went on strike, patients at the Manhyia Government Hospital in the Ashanti Region were left stranded.

On Friday, December 2, 2022, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association GRNMA in the Ashanti Region went on strike in opposition to the government’s refusal to fire Alex Opoku Mensah, the director of the Ashanti Regional National Service Scheme, for verbally abusing a nurse at the facility.

The typical bustling environment at the hospital was missing, according to Kwame Agyenim Boateng, who reported from the location. Nurses were observing complete compliance with the strike.

Prior to the announcement of the strike, only a small number of nurses were working a full shift and attending to outpatients.

However, many outpatients who arrived at the institution for treatment were told to leave and find another facility.

To guarantee that the strike was followed, Joseph Obeng Tuffour, the district chairperson for the KMA chapter of the GRNMA, was present at the hospital.

In the protest, more than 360 nurses and midwives at the clinic have laid down their instruments, he said, adding that if nothing is done to address the problem, the facility would be shut down.

He accepted the terrible nature of the situation but attributed it on the authorities.

He continued by saying that unless Mr. Opoku Mensah is fired, their members would continue to strike.

The strike will intensify on December 6 if the NSS regional director, Mr. Alex Opoku-Mensah, is still in charge, according to the organization leading the strike, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).

If their demand is not satisfied, the Association further stated in a statement that nurses will go on strike countrywide by Friday, November 9, 2022.

The NSS administration has suspended Mr. Opoku-Mensah awaiting investigations, but the GRNMA is dissatisfied.

They want him fired from his position as a result of entering the Manhyia Government Hospital and insulting an on-duty nurse.

Source: Agyenim Boateng

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