Pubilc health alert as lab technicians embark on nationwide strike

Pubilc health alert as lab technicians embark on nationwide strike

- Laboratory technicians across the country are on a nationwide strike

- This strike action is in protest against the poor working conditions there

- Hundreds of patients nationwide have been affected by the strike

Thousands of laboratory technicians across the country have embarked on a nationwide strike in protest against what they consider to be unfair in terms of payment of salaries.

The association says the nationwide strike is to pressure the government to solve several pressing challenges faced in their line of duty.

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What this means is that laboratory technicians across all public hospitals and polyclinics will not be working until further notice.

“In order to avoid further confrontations, all laboratory services are hereby withdrawn with effect from Monday, 28th may, 2018. These include blood banking, surveys, surveillance and monthly returns into DHIMS 2 among others,” a statement by the association revealed.

In fact, the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists over 90 percent of laboratory processes in public health facilities in Ghana are not controlled, and this threatens the quality or accuracy of lab results churned out.

A check through the Central Laboratory of the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital has seen hundreds of patients stranded as lab technicians abandon their centers in respect of the nationwide strike action.

Meanwhile, affected patients across the country are being advised to seek laboratory services from private lab companies.

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This nationwide strike action can be seen as a public health emergency especially when new strains of the Ebola outbreak has been recorded in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Source: Yen

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