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Lack of toilet facilities push us to practice open defecation – Residents of Salom-Madagber community

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The lack of toilet facilities in the Salom-Madagber community in Ada West District, has pushed the residents to engage in Open Defecation.

That’s according to Mr James Tsiani Gadugah, Assembly Member of Toflokpo Salom Electoral Area. Mr Gadugah disclosed this to the Ghana News Agency during an interview in Ada.

He said lack of toilet facilities is making living conditions unbearable in the community and noted that the District Assembly is yet to respond to an appeal to provide basic amenities in the community, especially toilet facilities.

Mr Gadugah called for prompt support from the government, philanthropists, and other stakeholders to help address the menace by providing them with modern toilet facilities to improve sanitation in the area.

Lack of toilet facilities push us to practice open defecation – Residents of Salom-Madagber community
Residents in Salom-Madagber, which is a farming community, have for years resorted to attending nature’s call in the bush and open places.

Some of the residents also expressed concern about the practice, admitting that it has health implications. They explain that when it rains the fecal matter is washed into the rivers they depend on for drinking and cooking.

The residents described the the lack of toilets in the community as a threat to their health, noting that it has made their lives uncomfortable.

The GNA gathered that Salom-Madagber is amongst the numerous communities in the Ada West District that have not been privileged to have toilet facilities.

Mr Jado Tanihu, a resident said, “can you believe that in this 21st century, where technology has advanced, we still go to the bush to ease ourselves?

Lack of toilet facilities push us to practice open defecation – Residents of Salom-Madagber community
Mr Tanihu added that, as an aged person, the lack of toilet facilities is of great concern to him as he sometimes inconvenienced himself while rushing to the nearest bush.

Some residents observed that they feel ashamed when visitors to the community request to use the toilet and they have to be directed to the bush.

According to them in addition to the lack of toilet facilities, potable drinking water is also a great problem for them. The residents therefore appealed to the government and the District Assembly to provide them with the needed facilities to prevent an outbreak of cholera in the area.

“The painful thing is that we are the very people who pollute the water, not others. And it is because we lack toilet facilities in the community,” the aggrieved residents said.

Source: GNA

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National/Health: Unposted Nursing Assistants to hit Tamale streets

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The Northern Chapter of the 2019 batch of the Nursing Assistant Clinical and Preventive Services will today, Tuesday, September 20 hit the streets of Tamale to demonstrate over what they describe as discrimination on the part of government.

In a statement issued by leadership of the coalition, it has been ten months since the Ministry of Health opened their recruitment portal for all cadres of nurses and midwives in Ghana to choose their preferred regions for posting.

It says though both the Degree and Diploma Nurses and Midwives have since been posted to their preferred regions and agencies of choice in March and April respectively, certificate nurses are yet to be posted.

“Our total population is Ten thousand Seven hundred and Twenty-seven and we have been home for three (3) good years after completion meanwhile we don’t undergo National Service and we are gradually de-learning the knowledge and skills we acquired.

“Currently, we are going through a lot because majority of us are breadwinners for our families and due to the public claim made by the ministry on the imminent recruitment of all cadres led to a lot of layoffs by private institutions some were working for leading most of us to hawking, galamsey and other means to survive,” the statement further revealed.

The coalition has also described as untrue, recent communication from government making claims that all 2019 cadre of nurses and midwives have been posted.

Thousands of members of the coalition are expected to take part in Tuesday’s demonstration.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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National: Poor working conditions: Medical officers coming here must be careful – Aggrieved Doctors at St. Anne’s Hospital

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Aggrieved Medical Doctors at the Saint Anne’s Hospital (formerly known as West Gonja Hospital) in Damongo in the Savannah Region have served strong notice to doctors who have intentions of accepting posting or transfer to the facility.

According to them, the general working conditions especially payment of allowances among others are in bad taste.

“We only want to tell them before they take the risk in accepting posting here like we did few years ago because we are in a fix. And so, we have agreed that this time around, we are tired because for almost a year, we have not been paid our allowances.

“Not only that, our top ups are also in arrears from January this year up to date. Our fuel allowances are equally in arrears. Everything now seems to be in arrears”.

Poor working conditions: Medical officers coming here must be careful – Aggrieved Doctors at St. Anne’s Hospital
They continued, “we have written letters and proposals and all that and nothing meaningful has come out of it. And we want to say that, medical officers who want to come here, will have to be careful else, they will have themselves to blame”.

JoyNews sources at the Hospital shared a year long experience on failed negotiations and promises between the doctors and the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital, Mr. Peter Paul Aakyier.

They lamented that since July last year, they have not been paid their stewardship allowances despite series of engagements with the the Hospital.

They also indicated that not even the intervention by the Savannah Regional Minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril for rectification has yielded any results.

“So, as you can see, it’s obvious that they are treating us like kids. Give us our money too, you don’t want to give it to us. But we need money to take care of things,” a source stated.

The doctors who are set to embark on a strike action, said they have shown enough goodwill but that has not been reciprocated by management, “and today when we want to go on strike, it will be like we are insensitive”.

Poor working conditions: Medical officers coming here must be careful – Aggrieved Doctors at St. Anne’s Hospital
They further indicated that, the Hospital has what it takes to settle their arrears because, “the facility recently auctioned cars and when you tell them, they say, they are going to do investments with the money. So, we also served copies of our letters and proposals to Ghana Health Service and the Regional Minister on our plights.

“First of all, we did the proposal and said, pay us 10 months installment and in the first proposal, the CEO agreed to pay the arrears and up to now, not even a single month has been paid”.

While responding to the question on the non-payment of arrears, the doctors responded adding, “they said it’s not visible meanwhile, health Insurance has been paying. And even currently, the health insurance has paid one month again including the cars they auctioned and we decided to go on strike”.

“But now, we want the Regional Minister and the MP to know that we are waiting for this month to end if they (Hospital management) don’t pay us, we will advise ourselves because if we are hungry, nobody will give us food”, the source added.

On other sources of income for their survival, the doctors said that , “when you are in Damongo you don’t have anything because it’s located in an area that makes it very difficult for one to have private engagement with other health facilities.

“As it stands now, the person who does the scans for the Hospital is gone. Meaning, the whole of Damongo we don’t have a Sonographer. He has left and there are rumors that one that just finished with his National Service from Holy Family Hospital has shown up and is likely to face similarly treatment like his successor”, they stated.

Meanwhile, management of the Hospital is mute on the matter. Also, JoyNews will continue to monitor the situation on the ground.

Source: Myjoyonline

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Health News: Unposted nurse assistants ask govt to post them immediately

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The Coalition of Unemployed Graduates of Nurse Assistant Clinical and Preventive has threatened to force themselves at Jubilee House and other government offices should the Ministry of Health renege on its promises to post them.

The group says they have been home for the past 3 years since completion of school in 2019.

“It has been 10 months since the Ministry of Health opened their recruitment portal for all cadre of nurses and midwives in Ghana to choose their preferred region and agencies to be posted to. Both degree and diploma nurse have since been posted but we the certificate nurses (community nurses) have been left out without any explanation. Several attempt to seek explanation has not been fruitful”, Apandago Charles, President of the group noted.

The unemployed nurses claimed they are gradually de-learning the knowledge and skills acquired in school since they’re not practicing.

“We find it difficult to under why we are been treated with discrimination because in the history of the recruitment process, no cadre has been financially cleared to access the portal and left home for 10 months without being posted.

“We are giving a one-week ultimatum to all Ministries responsible for the delay in our posting (ministry of finance and ministry of health) to do the needful else we will be left with no option than to storm their offices and share it with them”.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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