Doctors at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital have threatened to go on strike due to lack of protection amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
According to them, there has not been any proper working gears towards fighting the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement to the heads of the department, they said they currently lack Personal Protective Equipment and other logistics.
They have, therefore, warned to cut down their services to infected people if things do not improve.
“We will like to state, with no fear of equivocation that, if these measures are not put in place, we will be forced to stop attending to patients to the endangerment of the patients, ourselves, our loved ones, and Ghana as a whole,” the letter said.
The doctors have also demanded that the following demands be met:
1. Provision of appropriate PPEs; including N-95 face masks
2. Provision of a proper isolation unit for suspected cases in lieu of the current sideward we use at ‘yellow’
3. Expediting the testing of all staff of the department for SARS-Cov2
4. Creating clear channels of communication between management and the staff of the department; in order to prevent the events surrounding the first confirmed case from happening again.
5. The immediate closure of the ER for fumigation.
Meanwhile, Ghana has now recorded 204 Coronavirus cases as of Thursday, April 2, 2020.
The pandemic has also claimed five lives so far, but majority of the quarantined patients are recovering well, the Health Minister, Kwaky Agyman Manu, said.