Following the strike action announced by the Ghana Medical Association over their conditions of service, banewsgh.com visited the Brong-Ahafo Regional Hospital to ascertain the current prevailing situation at the facility.
As at the time our reporter got there around 10 o’clock in the morning, the situation was no better.
The OPD department — which on a normal working day, is filled to capacity by patients who attend the facility for medical care — was completely deserted as the seats at the department were empty, which was a clear indication that, health service is not available for out patients.
The environment could best be described as a cemetery because the place was quiet and there was no activity going on.
However, the only people seen around were nurses and some staff at the hospital who have little to do but only attending to few in-patients who were spotted in some of the departments.
Banewsgh.com also chanced upon some retired medical doctors, working with the facility on contract who were attending to in-patients and some emergencies. They however declined to speak with our reporter for reason they were not ready to disclose.
Inspite of the ongoing strike, our reporter spotted some few people who had come to the facility to seek medical care but to their disappointment, there were no doctors to attend to them and had to sadly go back and look elsewhere for medical attention.
When our reporter enquired from some of them whether they were not aware that doctors were on strike, they answered in the affirmative and said, their decision to visit the facility was to ascertain whether there were few doctors around providing services to patients on humanitarian grounds though they were on strike.
Others too explained that, they heard about the contingency measures being put in place by the health ministry to get some doctors to provide health services to patients whilst efforts were being made to restore normalcy, hence their decision to visit the facility.
Meanwhile, information gathered by banewsgh.com suggested that, as result of the strike action, there is so much pressure on the private health facilities particularly the S.D.A hospital where the staff are overwhelmed by the huge number of patients who throng the facility to access health care.
Banewsgh.com will in the coming days visit the various private hospitals to find out the situation there and whether they are coping with the overwhelming number of patients with limited infrastructure.