The Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana is demanding the whereabouts of monies accruing from the operations of the various mortuaries across the country.
They want the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to account for the monies as they believe the mortuaries have become a cash cow for most hospitals in the country but have been left in very deplorable conditions.
General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana, Richard Kofi Jordan bemoans the situation in which government collects the monies but fails to invest in the mortuaries, thereby exposing workers who operate the facilities to varied health risks.
The Association which has threatened to embark on a strike action from the 20th of November 2018, should government fail to address their concerns over poor working conditions want the Ghana Health Service to ensure that monies accruing from the facilities are used to keep them in good conditions so that mortuary men can enjoy decent working environments.
‘’Some of us use our own monies to buy working materials for the government hospitals because the resources are just not there and we need to work. The mortuary facilities generate a lot of money and government collects these monies. We charge the clients, so why can’t we use part of the monies we charge to tidy up the place so that everybody can have his or her peace of mind? But you are collecting all these monies and we don’t know what you are using it for. Where is the money? He quizzed on an Accra based radio station.
Mr. Jordan says they are fed up and cannot continue to be taken for granted and that they want government to do the needful by addressing their concerns or they will be forced to lay down their tools on the planned date of 20th November, 2018.