Mortuary workers in the country have appealed to the government to provide them with more personal protective equipment to ensure their safety in the line of performing their duties.
According to the General Secretary of the Mortuary Workers Association of Ghana (MoWAG), Richard Kofi Jordan, although the government has already provided them with some PPEs, they were inadequate.
He says that what the government provided was not enough to cater for all staff, and distribution could not be made to all mortuaries.
“We are disappointed in government even though they tried to provide some PPEs but not as we expected. I am speaking to you for a fact that some mortuary facilities don’t have PPEs to work,” Richard Kofi Jordan told UniversNews
He added that the government’s seeming non-interest in the well-being of mortuary workers is an indication that the government does not recognize its efforts.
“Government’s actions further buttress the point I have been raising that there is no recognition for the mortuary work in this country. There is a problem and it is time government or all those donating realize that the mortuary workers are doing a very crucial job.”
Richard Kofi Jordan, however, said that the lack of PPEs for mortuary workers will lead them to embark on a stirke action, especially during this time when the the country is dealing with the coronavirus disease.
“We cannot lay down tools at this time because that will be suicidal to the whole country. So at this point we will not want to disappoint Ghanaians so we will continue to do our best to serve them.”
He further advised mortuary workers to adhere to the safety precautions they are also at risk of contracting the virus.
“For our members, we are advising them to consider all bodies coming from wards or homes as COVID-19 victims so they can protect themselves,” he urged.
He added that:
“We expect government to do the needful and provide us with PPEs and also management of the various health facilities should distribute the PPEs to the mortuary staff when they are provided,”
Story by: Joylyne Oko-Matey | universnewsroom.com