Some 32 Ghanaian nurses and midwives are down with COVID-19 while hundreds of their colleagues have also been quarantined following exposure to the virus, the President of Ghana Registered and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo has revealed.
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She made the revelation on the sidelines of the launch of the 60th-anniversary celebration of the association on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, which marks the international day for nurses.
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This year’s celebration is on the theme: “Nursing the world to health, projecting the true value of Ghanaian nurses and midwives.”
“At the moment, we have 32 nurses and midwives who have been infected by the coronavirus,” she told the media at the event.
Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo also stated that 0ver 250 nurses and midwives are currently under quarantine and are being managed at different levels.
“We are reaching out to them and we hope that things will get better,” she noted.
She opined a variety of issues is affecting the efforts of nurses and midwives in fighting the virus.
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She lamented that some of the challenges nurses and frontline staff face include, adequate PPE "and we hope that we would get the equipment we need to protect ourselves and the patients and clients we take care of".
She further added, “government runs its government, we run our union and we know what our members are going through".
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that he has no intention to capitalize on the COVID-19 pandemic to extend his mandate as leader of the country.
Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah set the records straight at Tuesday, May 12, 2020, press conference on COVID-19 in Accra.
Mr. Nkrumah noted that President Akufo-Addo is not interested in a possible extension of his first term unconstitutionally.
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