The Universal Access to Healthcare Campaign (UAHCC) has tasked the Health Minister, Hon. Alex Segbefia to do all he can to address the numerous labour unrest to further prevent brain drain in the Health Sector.
The campaign believes that human resource is one of the critical pre-requisites for Ghana?s quest to achieve Universal Health Coverage and urgency must be attached to issues such as labour unrest.
In a Press Release issued and signed by the National Campaign Coordinator, Archibald Adams, the campaign is asking the Government as a matter of urgency to periodically meet with the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and ensure that their issues raised in the Conditions of Service are resolved without compromising the interest of either party.
The GMA after a meeting with Government on Tuesday 29th June, 2015, has decided to postpone its strike action from 29th June to 29th July, 2015. The GMA is one of the Health Service Workers Association that is demanding conditions of service for its members to be documented.
The campaign believes that because health is a critical aspect of life, the issues raised by GMA will be addressed before the deadline. The GMA says it will gradually withdraw its services at the Out Patients Department (OPD), the Emergency Department and total withdrawal of services if Government fails to fulfill its part of the agreement. The campaign is also urging the GMA to continually engage Government on this issue.
In a related development, the Campaign is encouraging Government, to as a matter of urgency, devise a strategy to employ all trained health professionals. It believes
that, with a nation that does not have the WHO required health professionals for its citizens, employing and retaining trained and qualified health professionals should be one of the priorities of the Government. The campaign urges the Health Minister to go by his promise and ensure that the members of the Coalition of Unemployed Nurses and Midwives are duly employed and all arrears of salaries are paid and paid on time.
In another related development, the Campaign is urging the Ghana Health Sector and the Ministry of Health to put in strategies to prevent the numerous needless deaths that occurred last year as a result of the outbreak of Cholera. The 2014 Cholera outbreak recorded 17,000 cases with 150 deaths. The campaign believes that public education should be intensified and asked Ghanaians to keep their surroundings clean, eat hot foods and wash their hands always with soap.
Mr. Adams said the Campaign, which has membership of more than 500 NGOs across the country, will continue to advocate for the Universal Health Coverage for all Ghanaians.