The Society for Medical and Dental Practitioners is worried over what it describes as Ghana’s explosive COVID-19 case count and the poor government intervention to handle the outbreak four months after the country recorded its first two cases.
According to the group, issues such as the shortage in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), delays in testing time and the inadequacy of testing laboratories among others which have not yet been completely addressed raise serious doubt about the government’s commitment to reducing the rate of infections in the population.
In an elaborate statement to government, the society is demanding expedited steps to improve the country’s COVID-19 case management and response.
Additionally, the medical and dental practitioners also raised concerns over the increasing number of cases, deaths and the high rate of infections among health workers.
They are also asking for more support to private health facilities to equip them in also testing and treating COVID-19 cases stating that “we deserve the necessary PPE to protect us as we attend to suspected COVID-19 patients and to preserve our lives and that of our families”.
Meanwhile, they have asked the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the Health Ministry to restrategize the approach to dealing with the pandemic in order not to put the lives of the ordinary Ghanaian in danger.
Ghana’s COVID-19 case count has increased by 264 cases, leaving the total as of Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 25,430. While the number of deaths remains at 139, the number of people who have been discharged/recovered are now 21,511 The number of active cases is 3,780.