Covid-19: Nandom nurses, midwives to down tools over neglect of colleagues exposed to virus

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Nurses and Midwives in the Nandom Municipality of the Upper West region are threatening a sit-down strike effective Monday, April 27, 2020. 

The health workers are staging the protest following alleged neglect of three of their colleagues, who were exposed to the Coronavirus.

According to the Nandom branch of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives’ Association (GRNMA), the three nurses and a doctor were  exposed to a Covid-19 patient, but claims only the doctor has been given attention leaving the nurses to their fate.

The development has sparked anger among nurses at the hospital, who are calling on authorities to do the needful.

“I have reported everything to the region and it has given me the go-ahead that if nothing will be done and if all nurses at the OPD will not be quarantined starting from Monday there will a total sit-down strike and nothing is done we will extend it further”, Yendornaa Kafunla John, the Nandom Chairman of the Association is quoted by CNR as saying.

At the time of filing this report officials of the Ghana Health Service in the region, were not reachable for comments.

Covid-19 status in Upper West

The Upper West Region has so far recorded eight Covid-19 cases. The region recorded its first case on March 27. The patient is a 42-year-old Ghanaian, who visited the UK, Spain and returned to Ghana through Egypt, Upper West Regional Minister, Hafiz Bin Salih told the media at a press briefing.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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