Several families in the Kumasi Metropolis thronged the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Monday, September 28, 2020 to claim their corpses as mortuary workers intend strike action.
Not knowing how long the strike could last, most families feared their funeral plans could be thwarted and in the worse case, the shape of the remains.
The family members, most of whom were clad in red and black funeral clothes in Kumasi told Ultimate FM’s Fatau Bayaga, they were transporting the corpse to private facilities with others intending to bury their dead before Thursday.
“The COVID-19 prevented us from taking and burring our corpses so if the mortuary workers decide to go on strike it will affect many of us,” a worried member of a bereaved family lamented.
Another person pointed out, “My uncle died yesterday and I am here to remove the corpse to a different facility. We will plead with government to hear the workers out because this will affect a lot of people.”
“It’s the body of my father in law that we are preparing to take to Emina Hospital Morgue. If we delay a bit, it will affect us and taking the body out will be a problem,” another bemoaned.
The Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG) has announced that effective October 1, 2020 they’ll be going on strike to demand better conditions of service from government.