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.
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
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
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
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
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