The Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) has bemoaned the rate at which some of its members are contracting the novel coronavirus in their line of duty; some have succumbed to the disease, officials say.
The association says, so far, up to fifteen of its members, including nurses and midwives have contracted the disease while at work, urging the government to consider raking in all health professionals into the definition of who a “frontline” worker is.
Speaking in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM ahead of the associations 60th Anniversary Celebration and International Nurses Day on Monday, the chairman of the GRNMA in the Ashanti Region, Mr Jones Afriyie-Anto decried the frustrations of nurses and midwives in their daily activities and called for urgent action to correct the anomalies, including nurse-patient ratio and access to basic working equipment.
“I can assure you that, those who fall within the so-called frontline among the infected are a few, but all of them contracted the disease in the course of attending to patients, so I call on the government to take a second look at the definition of frontline because recognition is necessary in everything”, Mr Afriyie-Anto said.
The chairman of the association indicated further that, “since the outbreak of the COVID, I’m not sure any frontline worker has died who was not a nurse; I tell you there is a death in Ghana who was a nurse, but I won’t say where it happened because of confidentiality issues and I think that as the lab results continue to come out, many more are bound to happen”.
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