Environmental Health workers in the Ashanti Region are calling on government to include them in the COVID-19 stimulus package meant for frontline health workers in the country.
Protesting their exclusion from a list of health professionals to benefit from the stimulus package, the environmental health workers charged the government to rectify the anomaly since their lives are also at risk.
The Environmental Health personnel are involved in the surveillance, disinfection, isolation, and burial of persons who die from the novel coronavirus.
One of the leaders, Adongo, speaking in an interview monitored by ABC News said they are exposed to bigger risk, especially those on the burial team, as they sometimes have to beg for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) or re-use old ones.
“Any clothing I wear to work has to be burnt because of the possible contact with infected material. But these days I use just one shirt to work on two bodies each” said 45-year-old Adongo.
According to him, he is unable to keep up with the financial burden associated with the increasing threat levels of his occupation amid the pandemic.
His other colleague in the field, Elvis, who supervises burial of COVID-19 victims said “nose masks, gloves, all these things are utilities that need not be used multiple times. Immediately you go near the body, after picking them you have to change them. And this has been a difficult problem.”
The officers believe their inclusion in the list of beneficiaries will be a great motivation to execute their mandate diligently while keeping their families financially stable throughout the period.