Fri, 14 Aug 2020

Superheroes need help too: Health workers in plea for protective gear

The warning was issued by the national doctors, nurses and pharmacists associations and the health service workers union after an emergency meeting on 1 July.

"We entreat the government to take swift and practicable measures to avert the imminent calamitous ramifications," they said.

With the most comprehensive testing campaign in West Africa, Ghana has so far registered more than 23 400 cases of Covid-19 and 129 deaths.

But the groups said efforts to contain the virus are being undermined by a shortage of protective gear for health workers, difficulties enforcing infection prevention protocols in health facilities, and the slow processing of test results, among other issues.

Despite rising numbers of coronavirus cases, Ghana was one of the first countries in West Africa to trial easing lockdown measures in April in an effort to protect the economy.

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