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General News of Wednesday, 1 July 2020


More health professionals getting coronavirus due to lack of PPEs - GMA

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has bemoaned the lack of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for frontline workers in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

The GMA in a statement said the lack of adequate PPEs has contributed largely to health professionals contracting the virus in line of their duty.

“Health professionals continue to face huge challenges accessing the appropriate PPE for their work. This has contributed significantly to large numbers of health professionals getting infected in the line of duty. The GMA calls on the government to as a matter of priority and urgency, provide the needed PPE’s (both in quality and quantity) at all times to address the recurrent inadequacy of PPE at health facilities. Any supply chain challenges should also be addressed with immediate effect”, a statement from the GMA noted.

The GMA is also raising concerns over inadequate test kits.

“The Ministry of Health/Ghana Health Service should address the recurring issues of shortages of test kits. The government’s promise to re-engineer the then Gen- Xpcert machines dotted around the country to do COVID-19 testing is yet to materialize, months later same was communicated to the people of Ghana”.

Ghana has recorded 17,741 Coronavirus cases as of Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

The total number of recoveries and deaths stand at 13,268 and 112 respectively.


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