A mortuary attendant at the Wa regional hospital, Mr Seuye Dari has expressed regret over what he describes as neglect by the hospital authorities after he allegedly contracted a strange disease in the course of his duty. In an exclusive interview with W93.5FM, Mr Dari accused hospital authorities of not providing mortuary attendants with protective clothing and other relevant logistics thereby exposing them to the risk of contracting diseases from dead bodies.
Mr Dari believes his constant exposure to dead bodies was the cause of his “strange skin disease”. Whiles narrating his trauma, Dari pulled up his shirt to reveal a startling sore around his waist which he claimed hospital authorities denied him medical attention. “After I complained to authorities about my ordeal, I was denied any medical attention instead I was asked to go and treat myself and report back to work”.
Mr. Dari further accused the hospital authorities of not paying his salaries and other allowances for the past four months. “In spite of my condition, I have not been paid my salary for the past four months so how do you expect me to go and treat myself”? He asked.
When W93.5FM contacted the regional hospital authorities, the regional medical director Dr Banabass Gandau said the issue of the “sick mortuary man” has not been brought to his attention. “I’m not aware at all, the mortuary men do not need permission from anyone to see me or even call me to their homes” Dr Gandau however gave the assurance he will personally make sure the issue is solved immediately.
This revelation comes at time morticians in public hospitals across the country are agitating for better working conditions. It will be recalled that mortuary workers union recently declared a nationwide strike to demand an improvement in their working conditions. In the Upper West Region, the mortuary workers demanded to be enrolled into government payroll and also provided with protective clothing and other logistics before they rescind their decision.