Fighting Covid-19: Insure health and security officers – ABC editor advocates


The Coronavirus pandemic is having a toll on not only the biggest economies in the world but small and middle economies as well.

With over 500 deaths, the World Health Organization has been apt in describing it as a pandemic and calling on the rest of the world to take drastic measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ghana reported two cases of the deadly virus a few days ago with measures, including hotlines through which suspected cases can be reported for swift medical attention.

The Ghana Medical Association and its allied institutions have been called upon to help contain the spread of the virus.

The Akufo-Addo administration has made available a $100 million package for the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.

While this move by the government is a step in the right direction, it is important to spread the tentacles of what the $100 million is to be used for to another critical area.

The health professionals who are at the forefront of this battle to contain the coronavirus and to keep it at bay should also be prioritized.

The military, police and other security forces are also helping to ward off this dangerous threat to our existence.

It would be ideal, at this juncture, for the state to ensure that the doctors, nurses, security forces and all those who are on the battlefield against this virus to be insured.

The state should liaise with insurance companies and providers and sign these workers on to their various schemes since the coronavirus is deadly and could affect anyone of them.

If insurance policies are rolled out for them, the motivation to keep on fighting the coronavirus menace would be there. Others may also wish to join in the fight to keep Ghana safe from the threat posed by this strange virus.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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