Director of Public Health at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Philip Amoo, has told authorities who criticize health workers when they leave their post for fear of contracting the novel coronavirus to go to hell.
According to the doctor, authorities have no right to tell them what to do especially when their lives are at risk.
He ranted that it is absolute nonsense when health workers are told not to panic knowing very well they lack Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at the hospital and can easily contract the deadly COVID-19 from infected patients.
Dr. Philip Amoo explained that the panic they go through isn’t because they are incompetent and can’t handle the case but rather them not having enough PPEs to wear.
“We health workers are trained, we can handle anything. However the panic is not that the person is not aware, that’s the mistake even authorities do. They say don’t panic, have you trained them, are they aware? That is nonsense. The panic that comes, comes from a deep-seated feeling that the person doesn’t have the protection he/she needs,” he stated.
The Director of Public Health at Korle Bu further warned critics not to fault health personnel when they panic or run away.
According to him, they have the right not to attend to a patient suspected of having COVID-19 if they’re not in PPEs.
“If you see panic and people running away let nobody fault the health worker and the mere fact that they’re saying don’t panic, why are you panicking or trying to play on their intellectual; that you’re a health worker, you’re a trained personnel, why are you panicking, that’s a joke”.
“The sincere and the correct thing to do is the assurance of our staff that there is appropriate protective equipment and they are knowledgeable on how to use it correctly. When that happens there will be nothing like panic, even the devil can come we will not fear. But if they don’t have and they think it’s not adequate we will all run away. They can go to hell and say whatever…Let nobody come and use other things like it’s a simple thing or it’s just a cold. That is nonsense to the health worker,” he added.
Ghana has confirmed 3 additional cases of the deadly COVID-19. This brings the country’s total cases to 19 with no deaths.
The report disclosed that the 17th case is a 55-year-old Ghanaian woman who resides in the United Kingdom but returned to Ghana about two weeks ago. After showing symptoms and getting tested, the results came out positive in the laboratory.
The 18th case is also a Ghanaian lady resident in the UK. The 84-year-old lady came to Ghana within the past two (2) weeks and developed symptoms. Laboratory tests of her sample confirmed the coronavirus.
A 27-year-old Chinese male who returned to Ghana and travelled to the Ashanti Region in the past two weeks developed symptoms and sample confirmed positive in the laboratory.