The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the Central Region has denied reports by some Covid-19 infected health workers. The Deputy Director, Public Health of the GHS, in the Central Region, Dr Godfed Sarpong, has revealed that no Covid-19 infected health worker in the region has been asked to come to work.
In a recent news report filed by Joy News correspondent, Richard Kojo Nyarko, revealed that some health workers in the Central Region who have been infected with Covid-19 are being forced to come to work.
However, speaking on Top Story with host Evans Mensah, and monitored by Obcommunicatiom.com Dr Sarpong denied the reports and revealed that it is against the tenets of the practice.
He further went on to say that it is untrue and impossible to ask anyone who has tested positive to come to work.
“If a health worker tests positive for Covid-19, we have to isolate the person and make sure he or she gets treatment. After which they will be tested again to see if they are now negative two times” he explained.
In addition, he also stated that contacts of persons who have tested positive are traced and while they are awaiting their results, they are to self-isolate for at least fourteen days. Explaining further, he added that it is never true that health workers who are infected have been asked to come to work.
In his entire view, he stated that it is not the case as being reported and it even goes against the standard practice.
“It’s never true, it can’t be the situation. It goes against everything that we are doing. It is not possible for us to ask anybody who has tested positive to come to work. It is not done and we haven’t asked anybody to do so. Moreover, we haven’t done it in anywhere of our facilities. If you are positive you are asked to get care and your immediate contact would be traced and tested” he revealed.
However, a virologist at KCCR has revealed that we may have to live with the increasing infections of Covid-19 cases. Researcher at KCCR, Dr Michael Owusu, has emphasized that with the gradual easing of restrictions on some sectors of the economy, free movement would be encouraged. According to the astute virologist and researcher, this could lead to a spike in cases.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI