Rosana Olowu, with agency reports.
Mortuary Staff Union in Ghana has thrown a huge warning to the entire public concerning their upcoming strike towards government.
Public health facilities mortuary men are up in arms with the government over their miserable working conditions and are therefore requesting improved services including their peanut salaries.
The General Secretary of the mortuary workers Union, Mr. Richard Kofi Jordan base on their calls has asked persons who wish to die to wait until they resume work after their strike action which comes off on November 20, 2018.
“Those who intend to die during that period should wait when mortuary men are back to work they die. Simple,” He warned.
He also noted a word of caution to symbolize that their prospective strike action will come off as planned unless government notices to their concerns.
According to the aggrieved morticians, they have a serious risk of contracting several diseases as a result of the dead bodies and chemicals they come into contact with but each time they raise concerns, the government appears to be dragging its feet.
“The chemicals we use give us five different kinds of cancers, the government is aware of this situation. We are also at risk of blindness but nobody is addressing our challenges.’’ He lamented.
When asked about what will initiate the back down on their strike action, he stated “anything short of solutions will not affect our strike… We are laying down our tools.”
Mr. Jordan also made a comment on their various sufferings that go unheeded by authorities of the various public health facilities.
“When you die and you die at the hospital, the mortuary man becomes the porter, he goes to bring the body from the ward to the mortuary. He is the same person who will do the cleaning of the mess that is caused by the dead people in the mortuary. The same person is in charge of embalming the body, preserving the body through the infusion of chemicals to save the body from temporary decay.”
However, many people are of the view that mortuary operation is difficult and scary work that have to serve its employees better than the treatment they receive.