Setback in Healthcare Delivery in Rural Areas over Nurses Strike

Healthcare delivery in most rural communities across the country is suffering a serious setback following a strike action by Ghana Community Health Nurses Association.

The group under the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is protesting its name change to nurses’ assistants indicating that the new name reduces their ranks which they said will affect their work in future

 “We risk losing our jobs one day if we sit down and allow the Ghana Health Service to change our traditional name because the new name implies that we are assistants to the nurses”.

Calls by government for the Over 13,000 nurses to call off the nationwide indefinite strike and return to work early last week was not heeded to.

The President of the association, Mrs. Esther Frimpomaa Bamfo amidst threats by officials for them to call off their strike said the association will not kowtow to pressure mounted by the GHS, insisting that they will not call off the strike until they have reached a middle ground with officials over their grievances.

“Unless we get what we want or maybe we go to the table and what they tell us we agree to that, we’re not ready to call it off now-we’ll work within the law.”

By: Ghana/ / 106.9fm