The Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists has advised its members to withdraw their services in the fight against COVID-19 if the appropriate protective equipment is not provided.
14 members of the association have so far tested positive for coronavirus which, according to the association, is a major source of worry.
Speaking to Citi News, the Acting General Secretary of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Michael Amo Omari says efforts to draw government’s attention to their situation have proved unsuccessful.
“Major among them is the expansion of the testing sites, production of the rapid test kits, enough PPE for all facilities and we are asking the government to employ more of our unemployed colleagues so that they can beef up testings at the hospitals. We are advising our members that if they are going to do any work and they think they are not safe, they shouldn’t do it because that is what the labour law says. If there is danger and there is no possibility of that danger being removed, then you have to avoid that danger.”
The 14 laboratory scientists are said to have contracted the virus in the line of their duty.
Spokesperson for the Association, Dr. Dennis Adu-Gyasi who confirmed this said the association is deeply concerned about the development.
According to him, the worrying situation usually occurs when the professionals are not adequately informed about samples they are to work on but only get to known much later that they are samples from suspected COVID-19 victims.
“We can count about 14 of our lab professionals across the country that are infected. This happens in the line of their duty because samples come into the laboratory routinely. We have had challenges with some of these things happening where samples will slip through before later they even realize that this was a COVID suspected patient,” he said.
What authorities are doing about infections among health workers
There are increasing cases of COVID-19 infections among health workers in various categories.
These infections are contracted in the course of their work as front liners in the fight against the disease in Ghana.
As a measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among health workers, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye has said that the Service has intensified training on infection prevention and control for all of its staff.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye had much earlier disclosed that the Ghana Health Service has begun evaluating why a lot more health workers are testing positive for COVID-19 in the country.
Some have blamed the lack of personal protective equipment as reported in various health facilities for the seeming rise of COVID-19 cases among health professionals.