The head of the pathology department at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr Osei Sampene, has appealed to mortuary attendants across the country to call off their intended strike action over poor conditions of services.
Dr Osei Sampene said mortuary attendants were essential service providers hence their absence will have severe ramifications for the country.
The angry mortuary men have slated November 20, 218 to lay down their tools over the poor condition of service.
According to them, they take between GH₵200-GH₵800, as monthly salary in spite of the dangers associated with their job.
General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, Richard Kofi Jordan said they don’t even have common nose masks to protect themselves from the dangerous chemicals used at the morgues.
Since all their appeals for better conditions of service have fallen o death ears, he said they have resolved to go on strike until their grievances are resolved.
But speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem Wednesday, Dr. Osei Sampene said the strike is not the way to go.
He noted that although the mortuary workers have a good case, their approach may not bear the needed results.
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As they engage with government, Dr. Sampene urged them to also dialogue with the management of their respective hospitals for a better condition of service.
Citing KATH as an example, he said although a majority of the mortuary workers don’t have good conditions of service, they have an internal arrangement to support them.
Dr Sampene also called on the government to expedite action on their concerns to avert the strike.