Coronavirus: Frontline Workers In Ghana To Benefit From Free Health Insurance

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said the government has begun the process to provide incentives to frontline healthcare workers whose activities would take them close to suspected and confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Dr Badu Sarkodie, the Director for Public Health at the GHS, said this would retain a competent and motivated health workforce, in the fight against COVID-19 and ensure their wellbeing.

He said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) following the confirmation of the country’s first two cases of the flu-like virus.

“Staff need to be provided with insurance and I am aware the health minister has started a process in this regard,” he said.

He encouraged Ghanaians not to panic but rather take care of their health and adhere to the precautionary measures outlined.

“Regular hand washing and thorough washing of hands with soap under running water and use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Avoid shaking of hands; Keep a distance of at least two meters distance from a person with fever, cough, sneezing and difficulty in breathing;

“It is advisable to be physically active, drink plenty of water, eat healthily, avoid stress and have enough sleep,” he added.

Source: GNA

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