Gov’t, GMA meeting deadlocked

Gov’t, GMA meeting deadlocked

Another meeting between representatives of government and the leadership of the Ghana Medical Association over the ongoing strike by doctors has ended inconclusively.

Joy News understands the meeting took place Tuesday afternoon; two days after the doctors withdrew emergency services from all public hospitals across the country.

Sources within the meeting told Joy News the meeting was deadlocked.

Details of what transpired in the meeting are sketchy and it is still not clear the way forward to end the strike.

What is clear though is that many private health facilities are choking under the pressure caused by the strike in public health facilities.

Nhyira FM’s Ohemeng Tawiah who reported from the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, said pressure is mounting on private facilities which have been overwhelmed by the huge number of patients trooping in for health care.

At the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ohemeng Tawiah said some foreign doctors from the US who are in the country as part of a team of NGOs, have been helping to attend to patients.

He said the foreign doctors attended to cardio related diseases. Twenty patients, he said have been taken care of on Tuesday; 10 of which are cases of hole in heart.

Ohemeng said authorities at KATH had arranged with some doctors to attend to emergency cases.

He reported how doctors at KATH swiftly responded to a 14 year old boy who was involved in a near fatal accident and was rushed there.

Meanwhile, former UN boss Kofi Annan has called for immediate end to the ongoing strike by members of the Ghana Medical Association.

Kofi Annan is asking all parties who have roles to play in finding a solution to the strike to do so quickly to end the stalemate.

The former UN Secretary General was speaking to media after paying a courtesy call on President John Mahama at the Flagstaff House. It is the first time he is meeting with the President after his investiture in January.

Meanwhile, reports reaching indicate that authorities of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital have been forced to shut down the Children’s Out Patient Department two days into the doctors intensified strike.

Doctors have stayed away from the public hospitals in protest over government’s failure to address their welfare concerns.

At the time Joy News reached the Surgical Medical Emergency unit earlier Tuesday, the doctors were not at post.