The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG) has advised all health workers to protect themselves in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a statement, the Union urged all nurses and health workers to take the needed precautions because they “are expected to stand on the battle front just as soldiers do in times of war and need to be prepared for the task at hand.”
Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives, Ghana (UPNMG)
“The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives Ghana, (UPNMG) would like to call on the Ministry of Health, all agencies and stakeholders in the health sector to ensure that appropriate PPE’s are provided to protect Nurses and Midwives who have no choice but to bear the risk in managing cases in our various health delivery points,” a section of the statement reads.
“This also comes to caution Nurses and Midwives to protect themselves always using the standard precautions and additional precautions outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Let us not take anything for granted. We cannot afford to lose any Nurse or Midwife in the process of caring for their clients,” it added.
Last Thursday, the government officially confirmed the country’s first 2 recorded cases of the coronavirus.
The coronavirus cases have since increased to six, with over 150 contacts traced by the Ministry of Health.
This has led to some travel restrictions into the country, with President Akufo-Addo also announcing a ban on all social gatherings, indefinite closure of all schools and a ban on sporting activities.
Read the UPNMG’s full statement below: