Essential Services in Ghana

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Essential services may refer to a class of occupations that have been legislated by a government to have special restrictions in regard to labour actions such as not being allowed to strike.

Essential Services in Ghana

National Labour Law Profile

Ghana Health Service

Ghana – Imposition of Restrictions Act

UNFPA launches Essential Services Package 

What are the Labour laws in Ghana?

Workers have the right to a continuous daily rest period of at least 12 hours between 2 consecutive workdays, and a weekly rest period of 48 consecutive hours in every 7 days of normal working hours.

Section 44 excludes task workers and domestic workers from the 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week maximum.

What is an essential health service package?

An Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS) can be defined as the package of services that the government is providing or is aspiring to provide to its citizens in an equitable manner.

What are the examples of essential services?

Typically, essential services include police, fire fighting, armed forces, utilities, and corrections.

At the time, there were no preparations, no essential services, no infrastructure.

Schools and the hospital survived, but essential services were damaged or knocked out.

What are the most essential services?

Health care, public health, and human services.

Law enforcement, public safety, and first responders.

Food and agriculture.


Water and wastewater.

Transportation and logistics.

Public works.

Communications and information technology.