- 779 Ghanaian health workers have contracted COVID-19
- The health workers have bemoaned the rate at which some of their colleagues are testing positive for the disease
- The health sector unions said the worrying situation is due to what they believe are serious lapses in the government’s management of the COVID-19 situation in the country
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Research and data have revealed that about six health sector workers in Ghana get infected by the deadly COVID-19 virus since its outbreak in Ghana on March 12, 2020.
This translates into a total of 779 health workers contracting the disease in Ghana.
According to a statement released by the health professionals and unions, at least nine of their members have died from COVID-19.
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The health workers in their statement urged the government to expand its testing program throughout the country and make available test kits to prevent delays in obtaining test results.
They also said “all health facilities must mandatorily create holding bays to detain all patients who are suspected to have contracted COVID-19” warning that Ghana would be treading on dangerous grounds if it fails to urgently act in this regard.
The breakdown of the data is as follows; 190 members of the GMA (Doctors) have contracted the virus with 4 unfortunate deaths.
410 members of the GRNMA and its Allied Associations (Nurses and Midwives) have contracted the virus with 1 unfortunate death. 156 members of the HSWU have contracted the virus with 3 unfortunate deaths. 23 members of the GHOSPA have contracted the virus with 1 unfortunate death.
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The health workers have also raised worrying concerns about the increasing number of positives amongst health workers.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported that, the Mpraeso Senior High School in the Kwahu South District is the latest school to have been hit by the COVID-19 virus.
According to a Citi Newsroom report, nine suspected cases of the virus have been recorded at the school in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
It has not yet been confirmed if the students have tested positive for the novel coronavirus as they are still awaiting the test results.
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