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Nurses in Tamale still on strike in demand for better conditions of work

Authorities at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) in the coming days might shut down some parts of the facility to enable them take care of critical departments of the hospital.

This is because the facility currently has a limited number of medical staff to man the hospital owing to the ongoing strike by nurses and Anastasia’s in the country.

All categories of nurses and anesthetists within the public sector on Monday September 21st began an industrial action over what they describe as poor conditions of service.

The Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and the National Labor Commission are currently in a tussle with the striking nurses over the legality of their action.

At about 10:00 am on Tuesday when Diamond news visited the facility, the Acting Public Relations Officer of the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Misbawu Mohammed, told the news team management were in a crises meeting and might consider closing down some areas to enable them move medical staff to take care of critically ill patients.

He said about 1,600 of the 2, 500 hospital staff are nurses and their absence from work has a heavy toll on the operations of the facility.

Checks by the news team revealed that, no nurse was on duty at the various wards and patients were left unattended to.

Some patients on admission at the facility expressed disappointment over the attention of the nurses.

They appealed to government to immediately address the concerns of the nurses to enable them return to work.

At the Polyclinic of the TTH, the OPD was empty and only a security man could be seen sitting idle.

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