ABN – Ghana plans to bring in more than 170 doctors from Cuba to help mitigate the impact of a labour strike, which is said to have caused several deaths due to insufficient emergency services.
Services at the police and military hospitals that have remained open have become severely stretched as the general public have gone to them for medical services instead.
Around 2,800 public sector doctors have been on strike since early August in protest over pay and training, but the Ghanaian government claims the strike is illegal.
The government has said it will only negotiate working conditions with the Ghana Medical Association union when the medical staff return to work.
Health minister Alex Segbefia said there was no date set for the arrival of the Cuban doctors, but that plans were in motion.