Photos: Pantang psychiatric hospital staff embark on sit down strike

By Anny Osabutey & Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum

Staff of the Pantang psychiatric hospital in the Greater Accra Region on Monday embarked on a sit down strike to demand government action against person they believe are encroaching on the lands of the hospital.

See also: Justice for sale, Chief Psychiatrist accuses Accra court over land encroachment case.

Primenewsghana was at the hospital and brings you some images captured


It would take a keen eye to read the rusty sign board directing visitors to the Pantang Psychiatric Hospital


Right at the entrance, there is a notice of the sit down strike 

The notice continues that a demonstration would follow on Wednesday if no the grievances of staff are not addressed by then.

The staff were seen spending sometime on the vast compound watching themselves make news as the media poured into the facility


Small groups of staff sat in comfortable shady places while patients were turned away


Others took the opportunity to close early from work


The often busy road to the OPD was deserted


Few people were spotted at the OPD which is usually full of clients


These patients were hoping against hope that someone would attend to them while they waited at the OPD


The trolley is well parked, it will be having a rest today as well


Faces of disappointment, pain and anguish at the OPD

The administration block was equally empty 


The administration block was equally empty 


If you've got any complaints to lodge, you would have to wait a while as the complaint desk in the administration block was left unmanned.


A worker Halidu Yakubu rallies his colleagues to remonstrate against the ruling of the court, which was in favor of the private developers


The workers were all in support of Yakubus chants of "chooo boiii"


Chief psychiatrist Dr. Akwasi Osei led the media and staff to the area of the land being encroached upon by private developers 


The workers followed the Chief Executive Officer of the Mental Health Authority, Dr. Akwasi Osei, as he led the media to the encroached lands.


The staff claim large tracts of the hospital land has been encroached upon, limiting the future expansion of the psychiatric hospital.


Some of the developers are working very fast to ensure they complete their structures in the shortest possible time.