Doctors at Korle-Bu hospital threaten to lay down tools over lack of preparedness for COVID-19

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Some doctors of the Korle-Bu Teaching hospital say they will withdraw their services if nothing is done by the hospital to demonstrate its preparedness for COVID-19 fight.

The doctors who are at the Department of Accident and Emergency Unit of the health centre say they are not impressed by the steps taken by the department.

According to them, the pandemic is an existential threat and sees no reason the department should look on not concerned in the area of providing Personal Protective Equipment among other measures.

They are among others requesting the provision of appropriate PPEs; including N-95 face masks, the provision of a proper isolation unit for suspected cases in lieu of the current sideward we use at ‘yellow’ and the immediate closure of the ER for fumigation.

According to Citi News, an internal memo said, “We write to express our general dissatisfaction with the preparedness or lack thereof of the department to combat the current COVID-19 pandemic. We also wish to express our displeasure with the events surrounding the hospital’s first confirmed case.”

“Firstly, the pandemic; an existential threat to us, you will agree has to be handled with decisiveness and transparency. It is based on this that, we are aghast at the actions or inactions taken before, during and after the case had been confirmed.”

It added that “We will like to remind management of the department that, it has failed woefully in providing adequate protection for the staff and as such, we’re left with little choice than to resort to protecting ourselves in the face of clear and present danger,”

“We will like to state; with no fear of equivocation that, if these measures are not put in place, we will be forced to stop attending to patients to the endangerment of the patients, ourselves, our loved ones, and Ghana as a whole.”

 

 

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