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16.02.2007 General News

Health Workers Advised Not To Join Docs Strike

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed – Tamale

THE Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive MCE, Mr. Mohammed Amin Adam, has appealed to health workers in the Northern Region to reconsider their decision to join a planned strike action by their colleagues elsewhere.

He reminded them that doctors strikes lives of people and could endanger the human resource base of the nation.

Mr. Amin made the appeal at a month long workshop for midwives in the Tamale West Hospital here on Wednesday.

The workshop, which is aimed at enhancing the skills of the midwives on safe mother clinical care, is sponsored by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The MCE urged participants to close their ranks and not to allow their internal differences affect their official work.

He expressed concern about encroachment on the hospital lands and called for effective planning of the hospital’s structures to save the land from intruders.

The Medical Superintendent of the West Hospital, Dr. Seth Obeng Agyei explained that safe motherhood meant that all women adequately received attention to ensure good health for mother and baby.

He said the workshop formed part of efforts by the hospital to reduce maternal mortality in the area.

JICA Representative in Ghana, Hiroshi Murakami, gave the assurance that Japan would continue to collaborate with the Ghana Health Service to reduce maternal mortality rate in the country.

The Tamale Metro Health Director, Dr. John Abenyeri, urged participants to place emphasis on resuscitation and management of neo-natal complications, considering its high rate of deaths as revealed in the last demographic and health survey.