Central Area is in complicated periods
show management now or we perish from the scourge of Covid-19.
caught up with a number of entrance line healthcare workers from many districts of
the Central region in Cape Coastline on Thursday 26th March 2020 in the early several hours
of the working day.
I engaged scores of them to determine their mission in Cape Coast. I was thrown into deep shock upon hearing that they were being drawn to Cape Coast as members of district-stage fast reaction groups for Covid-19 to take part in a two-working day orientation (ToT) workshop on Covid-19.
Shocked to the marrow, I created follow up calls and it arrived to light-weight that users from the two Agona districts (Agona West and East) had been scheduled to be experienced on Tuesday 31st March 2020 and Wednesday 1st April 2020.
President, the tone and spirit of the circular inviting the district amount
groups for instruction pretty much swept me off my feet.
I would want to quote parts of the round I cited inviting team from numerous districts for the workshop which was authored and signed by the Regional Director of Wellness Providers Dr Mrs Akosua Agyeiwaa Owusu Sarpong, for emphasis sake Mr President. “Snacks and Lunch will be supplied for all members and their drivers for the two-working day teaching. Nevertheless, District Directors and Healthcare Administrators / Superintendents are kindly requested to guidance their contributors with lodging and transportation for this all-vital education.”
from the foregoing, it means that:
1. Not a solitary health care worker at the district hospitals, polyclinics, overall health centres or CHPS Compounds have obtained schooling in the initiatives to have this fatal and ravaging coronavirus ailment. This is so since the Regional Health Directorate is now organising “Training of Trainers’ workshop” for district-amount swift response groups.
They have been left to their fate with reckless abandon and this does not only put the lives of these enterprising healthcare staff at danger but endangers the overall populace and undermines the collective fight in opposition to the disease.
2. Few facilities if any, have received guidance from the governing administration in terms of logistics (Individual Protective clothings & medical materials) to support struggle this deadly sickness. The health care workers ought to be protected and the before you deploy means to them, the better. The plight of our people today in Central Region is not distinct from the unsavoury tales of abject neglect by the federal government from other regions.
3. I marvel when district stage education for healthcare staff in a variety of well being services will be carried out given that there look to be no earmarked cash for this function.
Mr President, you will recall that District Directors and Healthcare Superintendents had been directed to partly finance (lodging and transport) the cost of teaching for their district centered fast reaction groups. This goes to say that financing the education of district-centered staff members after the regional instruction will come upon greater difficulties which will more delay the transfer of techniques and knowledge on Covid-19 to healthcare workers at the facility stage, a progress that is incredibly injurious to the fight against Covid-19.
4. I wish to
humbly remind you that well being services in the central location are in dire want
of cash considering that the Nationwide Wellbeing Insurance Scheme is indebted to service
suppliers for at least 9 months. This
has rendered the wellbeing amenities bancrupt and will be not able to procure PPEs
from their new individual methods. It is therefore of urgent have to have that you
right away see to the supply of all crucial logistics to overall health services
in the region.
Your Excellency, although I was recovering from the hurts of the earlier mentioned ordeals you have meted out to the individuals of Central Area, I chanced upon one more circular that thorough out health amenities earmarked as keeping spots or procedure centres in various districts of the location. Mr. President, a cursory seem at the document depicts the point out of unpreparedness of the earmarked facilities for the function they had been intended for as the inscription “need logistics to totally perform as treatment centres.” is boldly prepared in opposition to the services designated as treatment centres.
This is not only disgraceful and a dent on your status regards the struggle versus this pandemic. It is also a mark of cluelessness if at this place the authorities has failed to make obtainable the necessary logistics essential to make specified Covid-19 treatment method centres completely practical. This is a blot on your integrity Your Excellency.
It’s critical as a result to note that not only are health care workers in Central Region not educated on the protocols for Covid-19 surveillance and management. The earmarked holding places and cure centres are also not in form and woefully unfit for purpose. What will be the fate of the location when we commence recording instances?
President, I would want to draw your interest
to the lackadaisical mindset of your representatives in the a variety of
Metropolitan, Municipal and District
Assemblies in the region. They occupy delicate positions as Chairmen of the
District degree General public Health Crisis Teams. They have neglected their
obligations in the direction of their citizens with jaundiced impudence less than the
guise of non-availability of resources.
President, your reps at the
assemblies declare you have not remitted to them their shares of the District
Assemblies’ Common fund and for this reason they are not in fantastic economic positions to
assist the fight against Covid-19.
position, I attraction to you to purchase the
minister of finance to quickly disburse the district assembly popular fund
as very well as be certain the payment of all claims owed health and fitness facilities by the
Countrywide Well being Insurance policies Scheme. This
will at the very least make the assemblies and wellbeing amenities solvent and in a position to
help in their tiny ways towards the struggle from Covid -19.
President, be adequately reminded that
hard instances like this calls for drastic steps and amazing
management. I seen with deep chagrin your alms begging solution to
fundraising to assist the struggle versus coronavirus. This is a awful and
impotent tactic and be reminded that the future of this state in these
times can’t be hinged on charitable and philanthropic gestures from
folks. Just as you expedited the passage of a restriction monthly bill, prudent
leadership dictates that you sponsor a public wellbeing emergency funding invoice
that seeks to tax the citizenry a certain sum to increase earnings to combat
this fatal pandemic. At minimum this will supply a a lot more pragmatic and sustainable
financing system to deal with the coronavirus menace.
Last but not least Mr. President, I have stumbled on a letter issued by the minister of wellness supplying exclusive lifestyle insurance coverage deal with for Ten Thousand Health and fitness personnel and Allied Well being specialists helping the fight in opposition to Covid -19. Inasmuch as this is welcome information, I would want to submit respectfully that the coverage gesture is extended to address all healthcare personnel. In situations like this, there appears to be a default discriminatory system that often set staff members at the reduced concentrations and the hinterlands at a drawback of benefitting from this sort of gives. The struggle against Covid-19 is a common and collective struggle by all health and fitness personnel and as a result all should be recognised and rewarded accordingly. I humbly submit that the insurance policy include will have to consist of gatemen and cleaners of wellbeing amenities since not only are they vital group associates in the health care company. They are also not spared the hazard involved with the transmission of coronavirus.
Your Excellency, I want you properly in all your endeavours and I hope this epistle finds you in great well being. I hold out with bated breath to see you act with the velocity of gentle in making sure that the persons of the Central Area and Ghana as a total see and delight in seasoned and unblemished leadership underneath your stewardship of our land as President Joyful Belated Birthday.
Samuel Adu Yeboah (Esq )