Lab technicians across the country have declared a strike action with effect today [Monday] May 28, 2018.
The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) served notice that it will embark on a strike starting today.
The association says they will withdraw services like blood transfusion and surveillance support.
A statement by the association said “Ensuring that work-to-rule was deployed on humanitarian grounds with the hope that authorities will take us seriously and come to the table and allow them to give us concrete steps towards resolving our issues.”
“Prolonging activities including the provision of emergency services before complete withdrawal to ensure no lives were lost unnecessarily while ensuring our issues are attended to. However, instead of the medical superintendents and directors (who are supposed to be team leaders of the health systems) to call on the appropriate authorities to attend to our concerns, some of them rather chose to intimidate some of our members to the extent of threatening their lives; of which some reports have been made to the police.”
The statement added: ‘’ “In order to avoid further confrontations, all laboratory services are hereby withdrawn with effect from Monday, 28th may, 2018. These include blood banking, surveys, surveillance and monthly returns into DHIMS 2 among others”.
The association accused medical superintendents and directors of disrespecting their profession by employing unlicensed personnel to take their place in their absence.
This they noted is endangering the general public.