The Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) chapter of the Ghana Registered Nursing and Midwifery Association (GRNMA) has said its members do not intend to embark on a strike action tomorrow Friday, 12 March, 2021 as purported in a letter circulating in the public.
An anonymous letter emanating from the Tamale Teaching Hospital announced the intention of all doctors, nurses, laboratorians, Pharmacists, Orderlies, and securities workers of the Tamale Teaching Hospital Covid-19 management team to undertake an industrial action and withdraw all services starting Friday March 12, 2021.
The letter explained issues such as the nonpayment of the 50% basic salary allowance and the insurance package promised to frontline health workers by the government as reasons for this action.
The letter also alleged that non health workers at the major referral hospital are receiving the covid-19 vaccines while, “We the frontline health workers here in Tamale Teaching Hospital have no access to the vaccine”.
However, Chairman of the Tamale Teaching Hospital chapter of the Ghana Registered Nursing and Midwifery Association, Mr. Muniru said the group has not sanctioned such action and assured their members would be at post to provide its services to clients.
“The letter was shared on our group page yesterday that it was circulating on Facebook and we [GRNMA] were never aware of it. When we issue a letter, it is usually on our letter head and I personally sign it or one of my executives but you can see this letter is not and one cannot tell who authored it” he explained.
“As far as Nurses and Midwives are concern at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, we are not going on strike” he emphasized.
Meanwhile, Mr. Muniru expressed concern about the nonpayment of the incentives promised frontline health workers and appealed to the Akufo-Addo government to fulfill its promised.
He lamented some of their colleagues who have contracted COVID-19 in line of their duties have not received their entitlement as announced by the President.
He added details of the affected health workers were submitted to the national executives of the association for the necessary actions to be taken.
Meanwhile, information gathered by THE CUSTODIAN is that management of the Tamale Teaching Hospital will hold a meeting today and efforts to get reactions of the hospital has not been successful.