As part of measures by government to mitigate the deteriorating health situation in the country due to the strike embarked upon by members of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), the Ministry of Health has released a list of Health care facilities where the public can seek medical attention.
In a statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry stated that the facilities which are quasi government health institutions are working in full capacity as medical doctors in those facilities were not on strike, and has therefore directed the general public to visit those health care facilities should they need any medical care.
The various health facilities and their locations are listed as follows:
University of Ghana Hospital - Legon Atomic Energy Commission Clinic - Kwabenya Airport Clinic - Airport 37 Military Hospital - 37 Police Hospital - Cantonment VRA Hospitals - Osu Akosombo and Aboadzie Bank of Ghana Clinic - Ridge GBC Clinic - Kanda SIC Clinics - Tudu Ghana Post Clinic - James Town Cocoa Clinics - Kaneshie, Kumasi, Debiso Ghana Commercial Bank Clinic - Kantamanto Graphic Clinic - Adabraka University of Ghana Medical School Clinic - Korle Bu
KNUST Hospital - Kumasi Cape Coast Hospital - Cape Coast University of Development Studies Clinic - Tamale University of Development Studies Clinic - Wa- Obuasi
Ghana Port and Harbour Authority Hospital /Clinic - Tema, Takoradi
Valco Hospital - Tema Ghana Bauxite Hospital - Awaso Bui Dam Clinic - Brong Ahafo Ghana Consolidated Diamond Clinic - Akwatia SSNIT Hospitals Osu, Adenta, Madina, Tema, Dansoman
However, both the Volta and the Upper East Regions were thrown overboard in the said statement. There is no single place in the Ministry of Health list where persons in either the Upper East or Volta Regions can seek medical attention should the need arises, a situation some people from both regions say is unfortunate and worrying.
The Upper East Region is considered as one of the poorest regions in Ghana; therefore without government health facility in the area couple with the massive rejection of the National Health Insurance Scheme cards in some Private Health facilities, many may be unable to seek better health care.
On the 29th of July, 2015 members of the Ghana Medical Association in all public health facilities declared a nationwide strike that may possibly lead to mass resignation of doctors from the public service across the country
It follows a deadlocked meeting about two weeks ago between the GMA and Government over the absence of condition of service for doctors and other health workers.
Meanwhile, the GMA has resolved to continue its strike for another two weeks. This follows a crunch meeting held by the association in Accra on Friday, 14th of August, 2015.
Prior to GMA’s crunch meeting, many had opined that the Association might call off its two weeks old strike considering the numerous appeals by government, religious organization and the general public.
They however decided to continue with their strike unabated and review their decision in the coming two weeks if their conditions of service are not drawn up.
As the saying goes; “when two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers” we wish to add our voices to the many calls on both the GMA and Government to resolve whatever differences they may have as soon as practicable to enable doctors resume work and save innocent tax payers’ life.
As government works assiduously to ensuring doctors return to the hospitals, we call on the Ministry of Health to put things in place in the shortest possible time to ensure residents in both the Upper East and Volta Regions have access to equal health care as seen in the other eight regions.
May God bless our Homeland Ghana! By: Analimbey Adobe-Rah Chris @analimbeychris (twitter)
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