The strike by the Ghana Registered Nursing and Midwives Association of Ghana (GRNMA), took effect on Monday, 21st September 2020 and has left patients across the country stranded and without healthcare.
Uginlen Nabuja, an 88-year-old woman from Parambo in the Pru East District in the Bono East Region, died at the Mathias Catholic Hospital’s emergency unit as the strike took off.
“This was because all the staff were not at post,” A GRNMA regional executive, Mr Mark Otoo told Citi News.
Several other patients with critical health conditions have apparently been left to their own fate.
A patient at the Mathias Catholic Hospital, Mr Samuel Nana Aquah expressed his fears over the strike action.
“We the patients will genuinely suffer in respect to the continuity of the drugs that they were giving us because they will now stop it.”
Another patient, Agnes Sarfo, pleaded with the government to heed to the nurses’ demands else more patients will die.
“None of the nurses are here. When we asked them, they said the government isn’t paying them, so they would also not work, but we are sick. We plead with the government to heed to their demands because we are dying.”
The Atebubu District Hospital, Kwame Danso District Hospital among others in the Bono East Region had empty Out-Patient’s Departments as the strike sees full enforcement.