March 6, 2021

Probe reports of inadequate PPEs – GMA to Korle-Bu management

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called on the management of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) to probe reports of inadequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) at the facility.

This follows a JoyNews exposé detailing how some staff of the VIP floor of the capital’s biggest referral hospital’s Maternity Block wear the same clinical clothing for inspection at wards including pregnant women and patients suspected of Covid-19.

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The workers who spoke on condition of anonymity indicated that the act was due to inadequate PPE at the maternity block.

However, in an interview with JoyNews, the Public Relations Officer of KBTH, Mustapha Salifu denied assertions that the facility lacked PPEs.

In view of that, GMA’s deputy General Secretary, Dr Titus Beyuo said the Management need to investigate the distribution and supply chain of the facility’s protective gears.

According to him, when the staff feel safe in the environment they work in they can confidently dispatch their duties as required.

“There are different types of PPEs for different levels of care. I don’t know what type of PPE they are referring to here, but under no circumstance are we to use the same PPE for different patients especially for suspected cases and regular patients.

“Then it defeats the purpose. I hear from the reports that the PRO says there are enough PPEs; if that is the case then we need to know what kind of PPE this is and what the distributing and supply channels are like and what is really on that ground. Because that is what the management should be concerned about,” he was categorical.

Dr Beyuo also admonished health workers from using level one PPE to administer care to patients suspected of Covid-19.

Commenting on the anxiety of some health workers at the hospital, the deputy General Secretary advised Management of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital to adopt measures to keep workers safe.

He noted that “It is expected that for people who have not managed Covid-19 cases to be anxious.

“But again management should take a cue from this and find a way of providing psychological support and adequate training so that people will be comfortable to handle the situation.”

Source: Ghana News

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