Workers at the Pantang Hospital in the Adentan Municipality of the Greater Accra region are laying down their working tools effective today, June 28, over what they said is a worsening security within the hospital environment.
Staff at the hospital for a period of time have been lamenting about the unlawful grabbing of lands belonging to the hospital by private individuals which they say has worsened due to the activities of hoodlums, popularly referred to as land guards.
Speaking to Alfred Ocansey on Sunrise on 3FM, Nicholas Annor, Senior Physician and representative of the Ghana Physicians Association at the Hospital said, the time to viciously demand that duty bearers resolve this worsened occurrence and protect the lives of staff and people living around the hospital is now.
He said though the general public may want to call their action as a strike, they are actually fleeing for their lives because land guards now sleep and dine and leave the hospital premises late at night which put workers at extreme fear.
“What we are actually engaging in is what we call ‘flee for your life.’ This is a danger imposed on the hospital as a result of encroachment on government lands which Pantang Hospital happens to be one of it.”
The health practitioner said it is a cabal made up of politicians, professionals and clergymen encroaching on government lands with impunity while flexing their muscles at it.
“Because of the actions of these people [the encroachers], there have been recorded incidents of gunshots on tables at the Out Patients Department. Had it hit any member or a staff, we would have recorded a dead case which is not the purpose for which we came to serve here. We are here to give our services to anyone who need it inasmuch as we also want to have a very peaceful and a serene environment.”
He said the mode of operation of these hoodlums have evolved over time to all sort of crimes ranging from attacks to petty robberies perpetrated on nurses who close from afternoon shift and attempt making their way home.
“Those who come for afternoon shift and when they close and they are going back to their various homes, they meet guys they have never met before and they demand that they either surrender their phones or money or…that is the word they use. Some [nurses] have even come under knife attacks and we have two nursing training colleges here and the students will usually have their rooms broken in and things stolen.”
The crimes according to Mr Annor, became specific as of last month as those with “all types of Corolla cars had their air conditioners removed.”
He said they have exhausted all avenues and petitioned every agency or person necessary to have these issues resolved but it keeps getting worse. He gave an instance where the Chief of Staff had scheduled a meeting with them only for it to be cancelled while they were on their way to the venue.
Mr Annor said his members and other staff at the hospital have therefore resolved not to return to work until solutions are provided to their concerns.
“All we need is a guarantee for our security and until then, we are not going back to work.”
Meanwhile the staff earlier today embarked on a demonstration to press home their demands.