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General News of Sunday, 22 March 2020

Source: pulse.com.gh

Gov't to engage retired health professionals in the fight against coronavirus – Akufo-Addo


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Retired health professionals will be engaged by the government in the fight against coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, President Nana Akufo-Addo has said.

In a broadcast on Saturday evening, the President said the move is to augment Ghana's preparedness in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Ministry of Health is mobilizing new and retired health care professionals to augment our preparedness in dealing with the possible surge in infections. It is heartening to hear the number of healthcare professionals who have stepped forward to offer their services,” he said.

He also indicated that contract tracing is being done to identify anyone who has come into contact with an infected person. He said ones such persons are identified, they would be tested for the virus.

The president further said more personal protection equipment is being acquired to beef up supplies for "our frontline health workers."

He also added that "50,000 additional test kits have been ordered and are being expected in the country shortly.”

“The Ministry of Health will not only step up its contact tracing efforts but will also see to it that all persons who have been identified as having come into contact with infected persons are tested for the virus. More personal protection equipment is being acquired to beef up supplies for our frontline health workers. 50,000 additional test kits have been ordered and are being expected in the country shortly,” said the President.



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