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Journalists must be viewed as as ‘frontline workers’ in coronavirus combat – Sulemana Braimah


Though governing administration consults the leadership of the Ghana Healthcare Affiliation for an appropriate definition of “Frontline Overall health Staff,” a media rights champion is suggesting that a broader definition will be required to cater for journalists who are also playing a crucial job in the struggle from the coronavirus in Ghana.

Dr Sulemana Braimah claimed journalists should be incorporated in the broader “Frontline Workers” categorisation.

The Govt Director of the Media Basis for West Africa (MFWA) said Tuesday night that reporters travelling the length and breadth of the place to update the populace about the pandemic engage in an essential position in the national process to combat the illness and hence are entitled to point out guidance like medical doctors and nurses on the frontline of that battle.

Sulemana Braimah
Sulemana Braimah

“Certainly offered the get the job done that we (journalists) have to do, no matter if it is the President, whether or not it is the Ministers…that have to address the men and women, they nonetheless will count on the media to make certain that details gets out there.

“And what that indicates is that constantly, we are at the forefront of producing guaranteed that what ever messages that the authorities want to communicate, what ever messages that the people today will want to hear, we are there to existing it to them and that definitely will make us frontline employees,” he mentioned on MultiTV’s current affairs programme, PM Express.

Final Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo claimed an insurance policies deal, with an assured sum of GH¢350,000 for every wellness personnel and allied skilled at the forefront of the struggle, has been place in location, with a everyday allowance of GH¢150 being paid out to speak to tracers.

He stated the governing administration has also made the decision that all overall health workers will not fork out taxes on their emoluments for the up coming three months, i.e. April, May possibly and June.

On top of that, all frontline well being personnel will receive an extra allowance of 50% of their basic wage per thirty day period, i.e. for March, April, May and June. The March allowance will be paid together with that of April.

Given that the aid packages for frontline wellness employees was introduced, a discussion about which group of health employees really should qualify as “Frontline Health Workers” has been raging.

President Akufo-Addo has considering the fact that known as on the leadership of the Ghana Clinical Affiliation to make inputs into the definition “that helps make feeling for all people.”

But Sulemana Braimah claimed even though journalists have been aptly exempted from the group of workers who need to adhere to the continue to be-at-home directive, there must be a conversation about why they need to be included in a greater “frontline workers” definition so they can enjoy help and aid deals identical to all those available to health and fitness professionals.

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