Ghanaian patients at risk as mortuary workers leave corpses and go on strike

Ghanaian patients at risk as mortuary workers leave corpses and go on strike

Mortuary workers in government hospitals from Tuesday, March 5, 2019, have embarked on a nationwide strike thereby putting the health of patients admitted in the over 200 hospitals at risk.

Bodies deposited at the morgues for preservation have reportedly been abandoned by the mortuary workers until their demands are met by the ministry of Health.

The mortuary workers are embarking on the strike citing poor conditions for their employment. According to the workers, government is forcing them to work for more than eight hours a day.

Richard Kofi Jordan, the general secretary of the Mortuary Workers Union explaine why they are tired of the "failed promises and lies by the government".

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According to Jordan, several promises have been made by the government since January yet the Health ministry is yet to fulfill any of them.

The general secretary cited that mortuary workers work more than the legitimate eight hours, including Saturdays and Sundays, in contravention of section 33 of Act 651.

Many of the mortuary workers are also denied their annual leave the constitution promises any legitimate worker.

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The workers felt that a strike was the most legitimate course of action to take.

Meanwhile, a group of hearse drivers in the Ashanti region of Ghana are not happy that they are not getting corpses to carry and have threatened to hit the streets if their fortunes are not reversed.

The complaints of the Ashanti Ambulance and Hearse Cooperative Society is not so much happy that there are no dead people. Chief among their problem is that taxi drivers are being called upon instead of hearse drivers.

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