Mortuaries in various health facilities in Eastern Region are reportedly getting full following a strike by Environmental Health Officers.
The nationwide strike action by the Environmental Health Officers – Ghana (EHOA-GH) over poor working conditions is likely to escalate the situation across the country.
The municipal health director for Nkawkaw municipality Mrs.Celestina Asante emphasised in an interview with Journalists that Covid dead bodies shouldn’t be kept at the morgue for more than a week but because of the strike, Hospitals are not able to release Covid-19 bodies for burial.
The deputy administrator at Holy family hospital at Nkawkaw; Mr. Lawrence Opoku said the situation is worrying hence the hospital is consulting stakeholders to find alternate ways of disposing off the Covid-19 bodies to decongest the mortuaries.
Some family members who have Covid dead bodies at morgues in the region in an interview shared their frustration due to the strike action by EHOA-GH calling on government to rescue them else they would advise themselves.
“We cannot go ahead to bury Covid-19 bodies on our own. We need the Environmental Health Officials to assist us to bury our loved ones. It’s critical for the government to meet the needs of the striking EHOA-GH because the situation is chaotic and could spark serious health problems,” one of the bereaved families said.