Though government consults the management of the Ghana Healthcare Affiliation for an acceptable definition of “Frontline Overall health Staff,” a media rights champion is suggesting that a broader definition will be essential to cater for journalists who are also playing a key position in the struggle against the coronavirus in Ghana.
Dr Sulemana Braimah reported journalists should be bundled in the broader “Frontline Workers” categorisation.
The Executive Director of the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) mentioned Tuesday night that reporters travelling the length and breadth of the place to update the inhabitants about the pandemic enjoy an important role in the countrywide procedure to fight the sickness and for this reason should have point out guidance like health professionals and nurses on the frontline of that battle.
“Certainly offered the do the job that we (journalists) have to do, irrespective of whether it is the President, whether or not it is the Ministers…that have to address the folks, they nonetheless will rely on the media to make certain that data gets out there.
“And what that implies is that consistently, we are at the forefront of generating guaranteed that regardless of what messages that the authorities want to talk, regardless of what messages that the folks will want to listen to, we are there to existing it to them and that undoubtedly can make us frontline personnel,” he mentioned on MultiTV’s existing affairs programme, PM Express.
Final Sunday, President Nana Akufo-Addo said an coverage bundle, with an certain sum of GH¢350,000 for each individual wellness staff and allied professional at the forefront of the struggle, has been set in location, with a daily allowance of GH¢150 currently being paid to speak to tracers.
He said the govt has also made the decision that all health and fitness workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the up coming 3 months, i.e. April, May perhaps and June.
Also, all frontline well being personnel will obtain an added allowance of 50% of their essential wage for each thirty day period, i.e. for March, April, May and June. The March allowance will be compensated together with that of April.
Considering that the aid offers for frontline well being staff was announced, a debate about which category of wellness personnel ought to qualify as “Frontline Well being Workers” has been raging.
President Akufo-Addo has given that known as on the leadership of the Ghana Health care Affiliation to make inputs into the definition “that will make feeling for all people.”
But Sulemana Braimah said even though journalists have been aptly exempted from the classification of staff who should adhere to the remain-at-house directive, there must be a discussion about why they should be bundled in a more substantial “frontline workers” definition so they can love aid and relief deals identical to people presented to wellness pros.