Nurses at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital have laid down their tools over what they describe as a dangerous working environment at the facility.
The indefinite strike which started on Monday, October 31 is signal the government to provide the facility with the basic logistics they require to carry out their work effectively.
The situation has led to a total neglect of the facility with patients on admission. The patients have been forced to fend for themselves as well as other care necessary.
The situation as seen last Wednesday in pictures below.
The nurses station without nurses on duty at one of the special wards of the facility. The Special ward houses patients under court orders.
This is the first point of call for the admission ward acutely ill patients. This ward is one of the busiest providing immediate care for male patients who are admitted into the hospital.
The hospital’s 24 hour pharmacy was closed at the time of this visit, leaving patients who under out-patient care resulting to the general market for medicines, a rather very stressful activity. The pharmacy is already hit with acute shortage of essential medicines one of the reasons forcing the nurses to embark on the strike.
The general atmosphere at the hospital is totally silent. According to the nurses, they have had to endure physical assaults by patients as a result of the shortage of the essential medications required for psychiatric management and are ready to return not until government provides them.
Photos by: Kobby Blay for Ghana Health Nest (Do not use without permission)
Kobby Blay is the chief health editor at Ghanahealthnest.com. A professional practicing nurse with specialty in mental health and focus for health communications, public health, medical/documentary photography, ICT and systems perspective for health improvement.