The indefinite strike action embarked on by a section of unionized members which took effect just yesterday, has started telling on health and education in the Kumasi Metropolis.
The strike action is to back demands for the release of accrued funds deducted from the four Pensions Schemes in the Public Services registered under the Second Tier Pension scheme , to allow for its operationalisation in accordance with the National Pensions Act (NPA) 2008 (Act 766).
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), some public schools and the courts, staff of which are among the unions involved in the strike action, were visited by the Ghana News Agency.
At KATH the usual crowd at the Out-Patients Department had thinned as the handful of health workers on sight are not prepared to work. The visibly frustrated patients had no option but to walk away to seek medical attention elsewhere.
The situation was however different at the Accidents and Emergency (A & E), where the crowd was heavy but there was no doctor or nurse to see them.
A distraught woman who wants to remain anonymous summed up their frustration and said she had brought her daughter, who had suffered a leg fracture for review, but with the strike action they are in a fix as to whether to send her to another hospital for continuation of treatment or not.
The impact has been the same on education as some of the public schools visited looked deserted with their gates closed.
These include the Asem cluster of Basic Schools and the Ramseyer Presbyterian Basic School at Adum.
The indefinite strike has become a nightmare for parents and candidates who are going to write the upcoming West Africa School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), scheduled for April next year.
At the Yaa Achiaa Girls? J.H.S in Kumasi, although students and teachers were not around, a ?Good Samaritan? science teacher, who declined to be mentioned, had sacrificed to help the BECE candidates to cover some vital topics in the syllabus to help prepare them adequately for the Examination.
?I agree there is a strike action, but I have to try and assist them with some important topics since we don?t know when we are resuming?, he said.
Some of the students pleaded with the government to resolve the issues urgently to help bring back their teachers and other workers who had downed their tools as ?our future hanged in the balance?.
Meanwhile, Judicial Service workers are carrying out their normal duties since they have not received any formal letter instructing them to embark on a strike action.