Government should extend its incentive package to all health facilities and health professionals. The current definition of “front-line health workers” and 56 treatment centers is grossly inadequate, inaccurate and inappropriate. In reality, all health workers are on the front-line and are potentially at risk. Health workers interact in a manner which is interrelated and too complex to be viewed within the closed context of 56 treatment centers.
When a person with the virus visits his neighborhood clinic, he may interact with many health workers before he is referred to one of the 56 health facilities, and health workers at his clinic may be at even greater risk, as they may not have the same level of protection and preparedness as exists in the 56 earmarked facilities.
By our delayed actions, positive cases may appear in any of the over 5,000 health facilities across the country, and by not including all health workers, there is the risk of demotivating those who work outside the 56 designated facilities.
Besides, if it is about the risk endured to save us all, I’m afraid we cannot even exclude private health facilities and the security agencies enforcing the lockdown.
If it is true that 12 of the positive cases were recorded from private sector clinics, laboratories and pharmacies then what is the response strategy for the private sector?
Also note that the private health sector absorbs the over produced staff, some of whom are working under less than perfect situations. Their businesses need both stimulus and a rescue package.
Thirdly, all health professionals in the high risk areas should undergo a twice monthly testing to guarantee patient safety.
Let us ensure efficient use of resources assigned for the pandemic by applying them to preventing ill health and the welfare of overworked health staff including poorly paid private sector staff
Let’s be careful not to trigger disaffection and its consequences.
Remember, water concessions for all Ghanaians is great but would be sub-optimal without electricity in our homes.
Government can do better!!!