Doctor’s strike taking a toll on healthcare delivery

General News of Monday, 8 April 2013

Source: Joy Online

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Visits to some health facilities in some parts of the country indicate that the strike is having a toll on healthcare delivery.

At the Ridge Hospital in Accra for instance, patients who have queued for hours to see their doctors and have not been attended to say they are frustrated.

Principal nursing officer there, Alice Opoku told Joy News’ Beatrice Adu that the doctors would only attend to emergency cases, but would not communicate that to the patients at the OPD.

She explained: “I don’t want to announce to our patients [that the doctors are on strike], I will commit myself, I want the doctors to tell the patients themselves.”

Head of Clinical Services, Doctor Sefenyo said measures have been taken to ensure that essential services “are not disrupted”. He said since it would be “morally difficult to turn away” women in labour, emergencies within the labour ward and children with emergency cases would be taken care of.

At the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, the situation was not different. Nhyira FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah reported that disappointed patients have left the facility and are going home.

One of the patients suffering from a cardiac-related problem told him he came to the facility at 4am, but as at 12 p.m. he was yet to see the doctor.

But Luv FM’s Erastus Donkor said some doctors in some health facilities in the Ashanti Region are attending to patients including those at OPD.

From the Volta Region, Isaac Mintah reported that doctors there are confronting the issue with human face and are pondering over the impact of the strike action on the already dire situation in the region.