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Over 779 health workers contract covid-19 in line of duty across Ghana

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More than 779 health workers have contracted coronavirus in line of duty across the country. A number of them are also currently in isolation awaiting their test results after being exposed to the virus.

Speaking at a press briefing by the Health Sector Unions and Professional Associations in Accra, President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobea, said 190 doctors have so far been infected with four deaths.

“As at June 30, over 779 health workers had contracted covid-19 virus in line of duty with a total of nine deaths having occurred so far.”

Dr. Frank Ankobea said the unfortunate spike in infections among health workers can be attributed to the inadequate supply of PPEs.

He warned that if the situation persists, healthcare delivery in the country will be affected.

Dr. Ankobea urged government to institute swift measures to prevent any future calamity with the increasing spread of covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Joint Health Sector Unions and Professional Associations have called on government to consider redefining ‘Front Line Workers’.

President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Frank Ankobeah, said all health facilities are highly infectious zone.

It will therefore be fair to classify all persons who work there as Front Line Workers to enable them to benefit from the motivational package announced by President Akufo-Addo.

Dr. Ankobeah paid tribute to Health Workers who have died from the coronavirus describing them as heroes. He advised the public to stop stigmatizing COVID-19 patients and also observe the safety protocols.

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