According to the Ghana Registered Nurses’ & Midwives’ Association (GRNMA), ​more than 30 nurses and midwives have tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) nationwide. And out of that over 15 nurses and midwives are from the Asante Region alone, the chairman of GRNMA Asante Region Chapter, says.

GRNMA also intimated that these members are undergoing treatment at their various facilities.

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President of the GRNMA Perpetual Ampofo also says over 250 nurses and midwives who got into contact with coronavirus infected persons are quarantine awaiting results of their tests.

National President of the GRNMA, Perpetual Ampofo made the disclosure on the occasion of the International Nurses Day Celebration. This year’s celebration is on the theme “Nursing the World to Health”.

The Association argues that all the nurses and midwives are frontline staff considering the fact that all of them are equally at high risks and the results are evident for all to see and the earlier all nurses and midwives are considered frontline workers the better. Even though there had been some incentive which is below the belt because it is very unjustifiably selective.

The chairman of GRNMA Asante Region, Mr. Afriyie-Anto last Monday granted Angel FM interview who actually said, “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”.  “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”.

“It is time for us to take advantage of and better the lot of nurses and midwives; the issue is if you don’t take good care of the nurse, the work in the health sector will not be successful because the success of even the doctors depend on the nurses, so I plead with the government to use the occasion of our International Nurses Day to make the “year of the nurse and midwife” as declared by the WHO for 2020, meaningful for the Ghanaian nurse and midwife”, he advocated.

Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah conveying the government’s message to the frontline health workers said, “The commemoration of the day comes at a time when the role of the nurse needs no further highlighting.

As you are aware, we are in the mix of a pandemic and the nurse is an instrumental figure in this fight.

From contact tracing, triaging hospitals to care for the sick, and follow up on those who have even recovered, the Ghanaian nurse has been a strong soldier in this battle.” He said

 

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