Pregnant women and other patients who want to access the University of Cape Coast Hospital have been left frustrated.
The Federation of University Senior Staff Association at the UCC has withdrawn essential and critical services that include the hospital and schools.
Over 6,000 members of the Association in 10 public universities laid down their tools on May, 19 in protest over poor working conditions and failure of the government to pay accrued pensions.
But despite government’s assurance of further negotiations during their meeting, the Association insists it will remain on strike.
On the UCC campus, the strike by the federation was having a huge impact as members of the federation who work at the university hospital have withdrawn their services.
Pregnant women who had come to be seen by hospital officials were left unattended.
They could not hide their frustrations as they were left to their fate. The situation was no different at the university’s basic school.
The teachers who belong to the federation were in not in their classroom when the taskforce went round whipping their members into line.
The pupils expressed their worry and called for something to be done.
“Our teachers have left us. We are on own. This is not good. We need our teachers back. We are pleading with government to ensure that whatever it, our teachers return to teach us,” one of the students made the point.
Director of the University of Cape Coast Health Services, Dr Evans Ekenam, indicated his outfit was doing all it can to contain the situation but pleaded with the authorities to see to the end of the challenge.
Chairman of the UCC federation of university senior staff association of Ghana, Sandy Kumi Sinatra says, they will not relent until their demands are met.
“We are doing everything we can to whip everyone into line. The taskforce has done a yeoman’s job already and they will not relent. We will continue our action until our demands are met,” he stressed.
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