Ghana’s anaesthetists on strike


Anaesthetists in Ghana have declared a nationwide strike, their association said Wednesday.

The Ghana Association of Certified Registered Anaesthetists (GACRA) wants to be recognized as a professional body by the Health Ministry and have withdrawn services to compel the latter to acknowledge them.

They have vowed to withdraw their services fully by next week Tuesday should the government fail to meet their demands.               

Anaesthetists are those qualified to administer anaesthesia, a drug that artificially takes care of pain on or before any surgical operations. They are often nurses whose services are equally important in the field of medicine.        

Speaking to the media, the president of the association, Jacob Awumbey said several attempts to settle the issue amicably with the appropriate authorities have not yielded any results.      

“By 15th if the ministry fails to listen to us, if the government fails to listen to us, then from 16th going there will be a total withdrawal of service.”                      

He further said “we want government to maintain the name certified registered anaesthetists”.

Source: Emmanuel Amewugah, Daily Mail GH

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