Mortuary workers in the various health facilities across the country are lamenting over inadequate Personal Protective Equipment amidst the outbreak of the coronavirus.
According to them, health authorities have refused to provide them with the requisite PPEs to protect themselves and enhance their work as the country continues to record rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.
Speaking on Labour Front on Radio Univers, the General Secretary for the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MOWAG), Richard Kofi Jordan has bemoaned that despite several appeals made to the government, they still struggle to get enough PPEs to work.
He added that their work schedules have been grossly affected due to shortage of the needed equipments.
“The PPE issue has become a universal problem. As we speak to you, we still don’t have enough PPEs to do what we do. Even before the Covid-19, we were urging government to provide PPEs for what we do as mortuary workers. Currently we still have that deficiency,” he said.
He mentioned that since the outbreak of the pandemic, there has not been adequate training for the mortuary workers, a development which, in addition to lack of PPEs, has contributed to some of the workers contracting the disease.
“When it comes to training, some facilities have arranged for their staff to undergo training, others haven’t. St. Joseph Hospital in Koforidua have 3 out of 4 of their workers who have been infected with the Covid-19 because they didn’t have PPEs. They had to use their house attire to work,” he stated.
Story by: Diana Nutsugah | universnewsroom.com