A 50-year-old man has lost his life at the Ridge Hospital in Accra because there were no doctors on hand to attend to him due to the strike action.
Reports say the deceased was suffering from hypertension and was rushed to the hospital, but there was only one doctor on duty and could not attend to him leading to his untimely death.
“He had hypertension and he couldn’t breathe,” Christiana Nortey, a daughter of the man told Joy FM. “When I got here, he was given oxygen but he was still breathing. Along the line his eyes were rolling. ”
She said her father was not given a bed to lie on because there was no doctor to attend to him. The report has it that there was only one female doctor on duty at the time of the incident.
The unfortunate demise comes only a day after the doctors swore they were not going to admit emergency cases to register their strongest protest against the Fair Wages and Salary Commission and government, who they accuse of stalling negotiation for their migration onto the Single Spine Salary Structure.
National President of the Ghana Medical Association Adom Winful at a press conference on Friday stated the government and the Fair Wages Commission should be held responsible for human lives that may be lost if this strike persisted and not the doctors.