Twenty-three out of the 26 frontline health staff of the Ghana Health Service(GHS) in the Upper East Region who contracted the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and have recovered from the disease today [Monday, June 8, 2020] welcomed back to work. Out of the 26, eleven of them were working in various capacities at the Upper East Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga.
Two out of the 26 health staff unfortunately lost their lives before the test results were received by the health authorities while one of them who absconded has not been found till date.
At a special ceremony held at the Regional Hospital at Bolgatanga to welcome them back and to reintegrate them into the Region, one of the recovered health staff and the Senior Medical Officer of the New Born Care Unit of the Hospital, Dr Gillian Bogee said it is so refreshing for her “to review a new born baby today; I was welcomed in a grand style and massively too”.
Recounting her experiences, she said “I was airlifted to the COVID-19 treatment centre at Korle-Bu in Accra and I want to use this opportunity to thank the Presidency, the Ghana Health Service, the media, other individuals and institutions who supported us.”
Dr Bogee therefore pointed out the need for society to avoid stigmatising COVID-19 patients and even those who have recovered from the virus.
On their part,the Senior Midwifery Officer at the Gynaec Theatre of the Hospital,Ms Regina Badii and Mr Eric Dakura,a Superintendent Field Technician at the Hospital and member of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team were both highly elated for being accepted back in a special way.
They noted that such a warm reception would further boost their morale to work harder to help address the health challenges facing people in the Region particularly COVID-19.