Doctor calls on colleagues to call off strike

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Dr Rafi Khan Ahmed Sehbzade, the Medical Director of the Agona Swedru Ahmadiyya

Hospital, has added his voice to calls by Ghanaians to the

striking doctors return to work and save precious lives.

Doctors strike newHe said by the nature of their profession, doctors

had sworn an oath to save lives, therefore they would be doing a

great dis-service to the nation if because of the current impasse

between them and government they allowed patients to die.

Dr Khan made the call through the Press at Agona

Swedru in reaction to the on-going strike action by doctors of

government hospitals.

He made a passionate appeal to the government to use

a diplomatic approach to resolve the matter to prevent further

deaths of people.

According to Dr Khan, who is also a missionary and

expatriate, the doctors’ strike had exerted incessant pressure on

mission hospitals, and therefore appealed to them to return to

work.

A number of important personalities, including

President John Mahama, former President John Agyekum Kufuor,

traditional rulers, religious bodies, opposition leaders, among

others, have appealed to the doctors to consider the plight of

Ghanaians and resume work.

He appealed to the Ministry of Health and the Ghana

Health Service (GHA) to post more health personnel to mission

hospitals to enable them cope with the on- going pressure at

various mission health facilities.

He said doctors by their profession did not rest,

sleep and travel without tangible reasons, all in the interest of

patients, and therefore urged government to deal leniently with

them.

Dr Khan said the strike action could affect the

financial positions of private and mission hospitals, and could

delay the payment of monies in respect of the National Health

Insurance Scheme, to service providers.

Mr William Aidoo, Administrator of the Agona Swedru

Alhmadiyya Hospital, asked the government to expedite action on

negotiations on the doctors’ demands, to enable them return to

work.

He urged the central government and other Non-

Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to support mission hospitals with

equipment and other logistics to enhance health delivery.

Source ; GNA/newsghana.com.gh

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