Nursing mother suspended by Ghana Health Service for breastfeeding baby at work

Nursing mother suspended by Ghana Health Service for breastfeeding baby at work

- Following the breaking of the news by the media, the Ghana Health Service in Accra said the suspension has been terminated

- Ms. Rita Adu-Kyie has served a week out of a two-week suspension for breastfeeding baby at work

A nursing mother of the Odumase CHPS Compound has been suspended by the Ghana Health Service for bringing her baby to work to breastfeed.

The nursing mother, identified as Rita Adu-Kyie, has been suspended for two weeks – with it taking effect from July 15, 2017.

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Ms Adu-Kyie is reported to have brought her baby to work, contrary to directives from the Municipal Health Directorate, leading to her suspension.

She is also set to see part of her salary for the month of July forfeited, in addition to her two-week suspension from the Odumase GHPS Compound.

A letter signed by the Municipal Director of Health Services, Martin Osafo Osei read: “My outfit is suspending you from work for two (2) weeks with immediate effect due to your refusal to take verbal instructions from me not to bring your baby to work.

“…. More so, you have been warned on several occasions against this conduct.
“It should come to your notice that this development may affect your monthly salary for July 2017 during the period of your suspension and on resumption of duty to work you are expected to report to the Municipal Health Director of Health Service.”

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The suspension seems to have been in contrast to what the Labour Act (Act 651) of Ghana states.

Section 57: (6) of the Act states that “A nursing mother is entitled to interrupt her work for an hour during her working hours to nurse her baby.”

While sections (7) and (8) also state that interruptions by nursing mothers to breastfeed their babies should be allowed at workplaces and should not be deducted from their salaries.

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Meanwhile, the latest development on the matter indicates the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revoked the suspension.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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