The Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists (GAMBLS) has said that it will meet with the Ministry of Health later this month [September] over the implementation of the National Health Laboratory policy.
The Biomedical scientists called off their week-long strike following talks with the government.
[contextly_sidebar id=”5jXMrPu5JBnicB00ajtMyMUMST6BzVfd”]The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the group, Dennis Adu-Gyasi told Citi News that the Association would hold talks with representatives of the Ministry later in September in a bid to resolve the impasse.
“In September as has been scheduled by the Labour Commission, we are going to meet the Ministry at the Commission. The Ministry has given us a letter for us to present a member in a Committee that they are forming with the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons as they have indicated that the College has given concerns about the policy document after it had been signed by Sherry Ayitey [Former Health Minister] in 2014,” he said.
“If everything goes as planned, in a matter of 14 days from that meeting, we should get closure on the matter.”
A suit had been filed against the Association by the National Labour Commission (NLC) in a bid to get the scientists to call off their strike.
The hearing, originally set for last Tuesday, August 30, was adjourned to October 10 following the decision by the Association to call off its strike.
Dennis Adu-Gyasi stated that Association honoured the summons on Tuesday and intended to appear before the court on the new date set by the court.
He, however, bemoaned the lack of urgency that was being given to their issue.
“On the 30th of August we showed up at the court as the Labour Commission had given us a suit but technically the case was adjourned to the 10th of October. The matter that needed to have been dealt with urgently in the case that NLC filed against the Association. In court technically, we have not been served with the Affidavit so that led to the adjournment of the case,” he said
“In our view, with the urgency that is needed, the case would have been heard sooner than the 10th of October but because we had already suspended the strike we thought in the wisdom of the court, there wasn’t any urgency in the matter for pronouncement. As we speak now our case is still at the Labour Commission and the court case does not prevent that.”
‘Health Minister to blame’
The biomedical scientists laid down their tools to highlight their displeasure with government’s non-implementation of the National Health Laboratory policy which they say will help raise the quality of laboratory science practice in the country.
GAMBLS blamed the Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia for the consequences of their strike, including lives that could be lost as a result, as he had not shown any commitment towards resolving their issues.
Speaking at a press conference in Accra last Monday, Ignatius Awimibumo, said despite their concerns that the strike might lead to loss of lives, they feel the only way to persuade the Ministry to resolve their issues was a strike.
“This is frustration. Any death should be blamed on the Minister of Health. He has the power to do what he has to do. He should just take that bold step. This is what leadership is about. He should provide leadership to the health sector. Health work is team work. He should strengthen the laboratories so that we can support his vision as a Minister,” Mr. Awimibmo said at the time.
By: Edwin Kwakofi/cititfmonline.com/Ghana