Don't leave us to die because of money - KATH patients cries out to nurses on strike
Tuesday marks the Day 2 of the strike action of Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association
Patients at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in the Ashanti Region on Tuesday were seen forsaken following the strike of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA).
The GRNMA is demanding better conditions of services from the Government and opted to abandon their jobs to signal a message to government to quickly respond to their needs. Their strike action has entered the second day as the country administrators seem quiet about the decision in such a pandemic driven era.
SoireeNews visit to KATH on Tuesday morning saw the busier atmosphere calmly observed by patients seated and looking very concerned. Others were slumbering on seats reserved under the trees for relaxation whiles a few leaned behind trees waiting to hear something beneficial.
Parents and Guardians expressed disappointment towards GRNMA for walking out on the sick and their trade for money instead of saving lives, a mandate which involved the swearing of an oath to serve the country. They also alarmed the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo Addo to quickly resolve any challenge as quickly as possible to rescind the decision of GRNMA.
“I brought my husband to undergo surgery. The operation was supposed to be done on Monday but we have been told the nurses are on strike. Since yesterday, my husband’s condition has worsened. We sleep under trees and he has been vomiting severely.
“We are pleading to the government to resolve any challenge with the nurses to attend to us. We came all the way from Bawku and have nowhere to sleep. We just cannot go back and come another time,” he said.
Adwoa Sewaa from Dunkwa Ayamfere appealed to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to provide the nurses with the needed incentives to work in view of the fact that their profession involves human life which could cease any given time without attention.
She also called on the health professionals to allocate some time to serve patients during these tougher moments.
“I was referred to the Komfo Anokye Hospital. My child’s leg has been surgically removed and the wound needs to be treated. Because there is no nurse to attend to us, his condition is worsening so we are pleading to the nurses to show compassion towards us and resume their duties. We believe the president will attend to them in due time,” she said.
“My wife is in A3. We have been here since morning but there is no one to attend to her. We didn’t know there will be no health personnel to attend to her. No one is there to guide us regarding where to get drugs or other stuffs. It’s very tough for us and we are pleading unto government to try and resolve matter with them,” another ended.