The Minority caucus in Parliament has called on the government to as a matter of urgency deploy enough Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to health centres across the country amidst threats by frontline doctors at the korle bu Teaching Hospital to lay down their tools.
According to the Minority, the lack of PPEs at the Korle-bu hospital simply shown how inept the government is to the plight of Ghanaians, especially the Doctors who are fighting to save lives.
The government claimed frontline health workers have been well equipped to tackle COVID-19 which is spreading across the country.
But doctors at the Korle bu Teaching Hospital have indicated that they do not have personal protection equipment and are threatening to withdraw their services to the public over the unavailability of PPEs
This, the Minority Ranking on parliament Health Committee, Hon. Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, at a press briefing on April 3, 2020, demanded an immediate release of the PPEs to health centres across the country.
While describing the development as “unfortunate” the Minority Spokesperson on Health believed the PPE would motivate and boost them psychologically to fight the deadly Coronavirus which had already claimed five lives and is fast eating into the country.
”This is unfortunate. We were shocked to hear yesterday that some medical doctors at Korle bu Hospital are threatening strike actions. I believe at this point in time, the least we want to hear as Ghanaians are that any health professional is threatening strike action.
“We have taken time to read through some of their concerns and we think that they have legitimate concerns that we think the government as a matter of urgency must respond to because, at this point in time apart from God, they are our saviours. So, we must be able to protect them as soon as possible to protect the citizenry,” Mr Akandoh lamented.
He told members of the parliamentary press, some concerns raised by the frontline health officers were the inadequate supply of PPEs in the system and expressed the view that “they(doctors) must be fully protected as health professionals before they will be able to save lives.”
“We are reliably informed that we have some PPEs in the system, so as a matter of urgency we think that these PPEs must be distributed,” the Minority spokesperson on health stated.
He, however, reiterated the minority earlier concern that the government is doing little to save the lives of Ghanaians in the midst of the global threat of COVID-19 pandemic.