Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) says Thirty-two Nurses and Midwives have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
This was revealed by the president of the association, Mrs. Perpetual Ofori-Ampofo during the 60-anniversary celebration of the Nurses Week in Accra.
“It, therefore, stands to reason that, nurses and midwives everywhere, especially those working outside the designated treatment centers, are heavily exposed to contracting the virus,” she said.
She added that 250 of her members have been quarantined, awaiting their test results.
Many of the Association’s members, she said worked in fear of the unknown, hence, the leadership was giving them psychological support and working with the government to fulfill its promise of incentive packages so they could work in confidence.
She further explained coronavirus has shown the weakness of the Ghana healthcare system and hence forced Nurses and Midwives to work under physical and psychological strain.
She believed health systems would not have been so unprepared for the pandemic if it had been adequately resourced.
She, however, commended the government for its efforts to control the respiratory disease and the incentive packages put in place for health workers.
Dr. Bernard Okoe-Boye, the Deputy Minister of Health, said the deficit of Nurses and Midwives in the global space was nine million, and Ghana was no exception.
Government, therefore, provided financial clearance to recruit 36,000 of them last year, he said and gave an assurance that it was committed to providing additional financial clearance for at least 20,000 Nurses and Midwives this year.
The West African country has so far confirmed 5,127 coronavirus cases resulting in 22 deaths and over 400 recoveries.
By: Naa Ayorkor Laryea