The Ghana Medical Association has declared it will not attend to out-patient cases at government hospitals effective Monday, April 8, 2013. The industrial action will be intensified from April 15, where they will turn away all emergency cases if their grievances are still unattended to. Meanwhile, Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOPSA) have also indicated they will embark on a nationwide strike with effect from Monday April 8, 2013.
Strikes are happening in quick successions these days in Ghana and the professionals embarking on these strikes ‘have the lives of people in their hands’. It is frightening to even fall sick as people say because of frenzy power cuts so just imagine thinking there are no doctors and maybe the person do not have the needed fund to go private.
The healthcare delivery in Ghana is not very great in the area of facilities and some places, human resources; to not have the doctors there at all makes the matter worse. It will sound normal to tell the doctors to have a re-think and consider the citizens but will the government fulfil their obligation towards them if they are always ‘feeling’ for people?
It is very unfortunate that those who will bear the full brunt of the action are the helpless, hardworking citizens of the country, while those who put the professionals in this situation don’t even ply the healthcare services in the country.
Everybody have the right to good health. A life when lost can never be replaced. It should not take industrial actions like strikes and ‘threats’ before grievances are resolved. The Ghanaian citizen is short-changed big time; they don’t get their monies worth and some don’t know how to sue when things go wrong.
I really don’t think the funds are not available; it is just an issue of ‘money miss road’. The incessant strikes in Ghana should be dealt with and fast!