Striking staff of the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital are set to hit the streets today, Wednesday, 12 July 2017, to protest against what they say is the illegal takeover of lands belonging to the hospital.
Wednesday’s action comes on the back of a two-day sit-down strike which begun on Monday, 10 July during which only in-patients and emergency cases were attended to, a situation that affected OPD healthcare services.
The move, according to the staff, is to draw government’s attention to the dangers private developers pose to health workers and patients at the facility.
Today’s protest may lead to the shutdown of the facility, despite a planned visit by the Health Minister.
Spokesperson for the aggrieved workers, Elvis Akuamoah, said the protest will be a peaceful one to press home their demands.
“We didn’t demand that the health minister come to the facility. What we asked for is a halt to the developments at the frontage of the hospital. We have not heard any formal statement being made to meet our expectation and what we have called for, and we feel we have not be been responded to.
“The Minister is free to visit any health facility, especially when there is some kind of unrest. We will start gathering at 7, and by 9am we will have a peaceful demonstration, we will march from the hospital to Adentan Barrier and back”he said.