A total of 32 nurses and midwives have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the line of duty.
Over 250 others are said to be in quarantine awaiting results from tests after they became exposed while administering treatment to some positive cases, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association has revealed.
President of the Association, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo told ABC News in an interview that the nurses living with coronavirus are receiving treatments at various levels.
“At the moment we have 32 nurses and midwives who have been infected by the coronavirus. We have over 250 under quarantine. They are being managed at different levels. Some of them are at the treatment centres. For those under quarantine, some are at home, some are in guest houses and hotels, and so on. We are reaching out to them and we hope that things will get better,” she said.
She added that the challenges of members of the association continue to have a toll on their output saying inadequate supply of PPE, low wages, and salaries among others greatly affect output.
“The challenges we are facing is that we don’t have 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,” Mrs. Ofori-Ampofo said.
“Government runs it’s government, we run our union and we know what our members are going through. Once we don’t have adequate PPE we are still battling with low salaries and so on, those are big issues that need to be addressed. There are those sitting at home waiting to be employed and those working without allowances,” she added.
She was speaking at the sidelines of the launch of the international nurses day and the 60th-anniversary celebration of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association held in Accra today under the theme, “Nursing the world to health, projecting the true value of Ghanaian nurses and midwives.”