Nurses at the Damongo Government Hospital yesterday embarked on a sit-down strike over unpaid allowance from the management of the hospital.
According to the nurses, promises by management of the Hospital to pay their debts due has long not been met and this has pushed them to react in this manner.
“An agreement was reached between us and the management of the hospital for a 10 per cent basic salary allowances due us starting from January 2019, but they failed to pay it,” as claimed in a press the statement.
The decision by the nurses to lay down their tools, according to a Ghanaian Times report, was signed by Abdul Karim Issah, Chairman of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association.
The move by the nurses has put a lot of patients in harm’s way as they remain unattended to and others who went to seek healthcare yesterday were reportedly asked to return home.
The nurses claim that hospital management has failed in its administrative duties and thus called for the removal of the administrator and the matron of the hospital while blaming them for the all the hospitals problems.
They further alleged that management refused to grant them promotions and also rejected their applications for study leaves anytime they applied for them
The nurses have vowed not to hold on to to the strike until their demands were fully meant.
The Government Hospital, is the major health facility in the Savannah Regional capital, serving the people and its environs as it serves as a referral facility for a number districts in the newly created region.
Story by: Hendrina-Rose Bawa|universnewsroom with additional information from The Ghanaian Times