Doctors' strike: Medical Assistants attend to patients at Princess Marie Louis Hospital

BY: Samuel K. Obour

Ms Koranteng, a medical assistant in the consulting roomAlthough doctors are currently on strike, medical assistants are attending to patients at the Princess Marie Louis Hospital in Accra.

A visit to the hospital  that specialises in child health by the Junior Graphic revealed that the number of children at the Out Patient Department (OPD) had slightly reduced 10 days into the strike.

In an interview with Dr Eric Sifah, the Medical Superintendent of the hospital,he  explained that the reduction in the number of patients was due to the strike action by doctors.

He, however, said in case of  an emergency, the patient would be  stabilised before being  referred to the 37 Military Hospital. 

He said doctors were attending to children  who were on admission and explained that due to the delicate nature of  children, they could not withdraw their services completely.

In view of that, he said, the medical assistants were attending to all cases at the OPD.

A Principal Physician Assistant of the hospital, Ms Lydia Koranteng, also explained that the doctors were attending to  severe cases such as children who were anaemic or asthmatic.

Some nurses busily working.

She said every department of the hospital was working except the Pharmacy Unit but even that, patients bought  their prescriptions  outside the hospital.

Asked whether they were under so much stress,  Ms Koranteng replied in the negative and said  they were doing their normal work but the number of patients had slightly reduced.                          

Story: Hannah A Amoah/Junior Graphic