BY KOJO ANSAH
THERE IS apprehension among the staff at the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua, especially pregnant and nursing mothers, as more health workers test positive for Coronavirus in the region.
The number of health workers who tested positive for Covid-19 in Eastern Region has risen to 16.
The disquiet of the health workers at the Eastern Regional Hospital has been deepening following Ghana Health Service (GHS) report that Koforidua has recorded two cases of coronavirus but accessibility to Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) still remain a chafe expedition.
The GHS has meanwhile said it is evaluating why a lot more health workers are testing positive for Covid-19 in the country.
Last week, for instance, it was reported that 43 health workers in Western Region had tested positive for Covid-19 while 30 had also been infected in Ashanti Region.
On March 31, 2020, the Director General of GHS, Dr Patrick Aboagye, issued a memo to Health Directors at the national level to the effect that “National Service Personnel, interns, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and drivers without assigned official vehicles are to be excused from work with immediate effect. Rotational Nurses and officers in the residency program are exempted.”
The Memo sighted by Starr News explained that Management of GHS took the decision to reduce levels of staffing of those operating at the national level to avoid “non-essential” commuting or travelling, overcrowding and contacts with others to enhance social distancing as to prevent the spread of infections at the workplace.
One may think that Management of the Eastern Regional Hospital will reduce working hours for staff who are pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, but they are still on normal duty schedule with some working six days with just a day off amid anxiety of endangering their lives and those of their babies.