The Ashanti Regional Head of the Ghana
Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobea
seems to be worried about the rising death of
patients due to the doctors’ nationwide strike. In the last two weeks, about 500 people have
died nationwide since public sector doctors
declared a strike on July 30, 2015, to demand
better conditions of service, according to data
compiled by the Health Insurance Service
Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG). Also, a report by The Finder Newspaper said
many of the dead could have been saved as
they died while being transported from one
hospital to the other – “There could be many
deaths unreported, especially in rural
communities where this report could not cover.” Speaking on Asempa FM, Dr. Ankobea
described the high death rate as “unfortunate”
but blamed government for the loss of lives. According to him, striking doctors, “are ever
ready to return to work if government agrees
to their conditions of service.” He claimed, “government has deceived us
before… not again

Detail of doctor's hand on stethoscope
Detail of doctor’s hand on stethoscope

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