Health Ministry directs units to continue emergency services

Ms Sherry Ayittey - Health Minister
Ms Sherry Ayittey – Health Minister

The Ministry of Health on Monday directed heads of the various units in hospitals to ensure that there are continuous emergency services including maternity services at all health facilities.

It said managers of health facilities must be in constant communication with quasi health institutions to ensure the delivery of seamless emergency care during the period.

A statement issued in Accra by the Ministry, said as negotiations continued to resolve the strike action in the Public Health sector, the Ministry had directed all Heads of Directorates in all health facilities to be at post to work with the other non-striking staff available during the period of the strike action.

It said patients on admission should be continuously managed as long as they remained under their care.

The statement said all emergency rooms should remain open for non-striking staff to handle emergency cases and co-ordinate referrals with all quasi-government health institutions including Military and Police hospitals across the country.

“The Ministry of Health had directed that all ambulance services should remain on standby across the country to help co-ordinate emergency services,” it said.

It said the Ministry was monitoring the situation to ensure the provision of emergency health response in major facilities as well as continue to provide the necessary logistics needed to mitigate the effects of the strike action.

“The Minister of Health is appealing to the doctors and pharmacists to restore their emergency services while negotiations continue,” it said.

Source: GNA

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