Covid-19 has claimed the lives of nine health workers and over seven hundred and seventy-nine have tested positive for the virus in line of their duty as at June 30.
This is contained in a joint statement from the Joint Health Sector Unions & Professional Associations, comprising of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA), Health Service Workers Union (HSWU) and the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA).
The statement noted that out of the 779 health workers who tested positive, 190 are members of the GMA (doctors), of which four are dead; 410 are members of the GRNMA and its allied associations (Nurses and Midwives) with one death; 156 are members of the HSWU with 3 deaths and 23 are members of the GHOSPA, out of which one is dead.
Meanwhile, Deputy General Secretary of the GMA, Dr. Titus Beyuo also told ABC News apart from the 779 confirmed cases, “a large number of health workers are also currently in isolation awaiting their tests results after having been exposed to the virus at their places of work.”
The group lamented the increasing number of health officials contracting the virus, saying that the main cause of the increase in infection among health workers is the inadequate supply of PPEs as well as the delay in Covid-19 test results.
They therefore called on government to regularly provide PPEs to the health facilities, enforce Covid-19 protocols at all cost and expand the testing capacity to ensure quick delivery of test results.
Read the full statement below;