500 dead as doctors’ strike takes heavy toll.
A report released by the Health Insurance Service Providers Association of Ghana (HISPAG) attributes at least 500 deaths to the public sector doctors’ strike since it began on July 30th.
- Prior to the doctors withdrawing from emergency medical services on August 7th, the confirmed death toll stood at only 3.
- Many of the deaths occurred while patients were being transported from public hospitals that would not admit them to private hospitals that are overburdened trying to make up for the services lost because of the strike.
- Today, Employment and Labour Relations Minister Haruna Iddrisu said Government would not continue to negotiate with doctors over their conditions of service until the doctors call off the strike and resume their duties.
- GMA General Secretary Dr. Frank Serebour responded by saying that the strike could be expected to continue indefinitely then, because doctors will not resume work until their conditions of service have been approved by Government.
- Iddrisu said an emergency plan to deal with the healthcare needs of Ghanaians in the absence of doctors will be communicated through the Health Minister this week.
Petroleum prices go up.
In line with the National Petroleum Authority’s bi-weekly price review, prices of petroleum products have gone up 4-10%.
- Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) had to make these marginal adjustments as a result of the resumed depreciation of the Ghana cedi after a short period of stabilization that, combined with a global fall in the price of crude oil, saw prices revised downward around 20% last month.
- Diesel, which was selling at GH₵2.92 per litre, now sells at GH₵3.00. Petrol is selling at GH₵3.49, whereas it was selling for GH₵3.31.
- Total and GOIL will keep their prices unchanged for the meantime.
Avram Grant in trouble for overstaying his leave.
Black Stars Coach Avram Grant is to be queried by the Ghana Football Association for overstaying his holidays outside the country.
- The coach was supposed to be back in Ghana two weeks ago but remains in the United Kingdom without communicating with the Black Stars Management Committee and the Ghana Football Association about his extended absence.
- Per the terms of his contract, Grant is expected to stay in Ghana and monitor the local leagues when his is not on foreign duty outside the country.
- He is also expected to organise coaching clinics for local coaches; but apart from watching the Accra Hearts of Oak-Kumasi Asante Kotoko game, the Hearts-New Edubiase United clash and another match involving Liberty, nothing has been done by the coach to satisfy the terms of his contract.