The decision to go on a strike has become necessary because the daily allowance of GHC 150 has been reduced to GHC 70 without any reasonable explanation.
According to a report by theghanareport.com, the Over 100 health workers in the Region have laid down their tools since June 2 over allowance disparities.
The men and women combing through the region to search for potential covid-19 carriers say their allowances range between GHc 250-GHc 1,600 depending on their metropolis, municipality, or district.
The group explained that contact tracers in Kumasi Metro were given GHc1,050; Suame, GHc704; Bosomtwe, GHc300; Sekyere East Ghc250, Obuasi Ghc1600, Old Tafo Ghc600 etc “for a whole month worth of work”.
“We are currently on strike until our grievances are addressed with regards to the amount we are supposed to receive for work,” Convenor for the Coalition of Contact Tracers in the region, Bernard Agyemang, told theghanareport.com.
In a letter addressed to President Akufo-Addo, the group said the country currently had over 10,201 total cases with 1,653 newly confirmed between the period “we laid down our tools”.
“In effect, it means some 16,530 contacts are not being followed which has the tendency of increasing our cases by some 33,060. With all these disturbing possible situations, it’s very surprising that no one is saying anything or responding to us,” the group said.
Meanwhile, the total national caseload has increased to 10,353 as of Friday, June 12. Recoveries have also increased to 3,824 with 44 deaths.
Source: The Ghana Report.