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Our strike to intensify on Monday if… – Ankaful Psychiatric Nurses

Nurses at the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital in the Central Region have threatened to intensify their strike if their demands are not met.

The staff carried out their threat to lay down their tools, in an attempt to compel the government to remove the facility’s Medical Director, Dr. Eugene Dordoye from his post.

The nurses had earlier given the government a three-day ultimatum,and threatened to declare a strike, if the government fails to heed their calls.

They are accusing the Medical Director of maladministration and gross disrespect to subordinates.

Spokesperson for the Nurses, Daniel Danso, on Eyewitness News said the strike will be intensified by Monday if the Ministry of Health fails to meet their demands.

“We are still going to intensify our strike, but we are still in talks [with stakeholders] so we will have our sit down strike till Monday.”

We’re  not aware of any apology

Mr. Danso also indicated that, they are unaware of any apology from Mr. Dordoye.

Dr. Dordoye had issued an apology  in which he also explained what he believes might have angered the nurses to take such a move.

But Mr. Danso pointed out that they were yet to receive the apology saying “As we speak, we have not seen any apology from Dr. Dordoye.”

Nature of strike 

Giving a detailed description on the nature of the strike, an Administrator at the hospital, Mr. Godwin Pongo, said: “They are on sit down strike with respect to out patient services. Only emergency cases are being attended to, meaning patients that come for review are not being attended to, but those that are aggressive are being attended to.”

“According to their road-map, by Sunday if they do not hear anything from the sector minister, then they will declare a total strike from Monday, meaning they will not attend to patients that are on admission,” he added.

By: Marian Ansah/citifmonline.com/Ghana