COVID19: ‘Lock down towns and cities with most cases’ – Gov’t told


The leadership of the Graduate Physician Assistants Association has called on government to immediately lock down towns and cities in the country with most cases of COVID-19.

Ghana has recorded 68 confirmed cases in isolation and 2 deaths of COVID-19.

President of the Association, Anthony Asare Arkoh in a statement described the rate at which Covid-19 is spreading as alarming.

According to the President, the association is calling for intensified and radical response from government to help control the spread of COVID-19.

“Government should involve critical health staff at all healthcare levels especially the
strategically located frontline clinicians significantly including Physician Assistants. We want government to employ more than 200 graduate Physician Assistants whose names duly submitted by the Association and the Medical and Dental Council to assist in this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Government effort to contain and trace Covid-19 cases is incomplete without front line OPDs proscribers and sub-district administrators. Government should focus on Physician Assistants in developing the Train of Trainer (ToT) model for contact tracing for community transmission within the districts and sub-districts,” he said.

Mr. Arkoh indicated that government should “provide PPEs for Physician Assistants who are front line prescribers at the OPDs in almost all health facilities in Ghana to run urgent OPD”

“We want the government to conduct mass testing in all towns, cities with most cases immediately and also enforce social distancing at the OPDs at all health facilities and
amongst health professionals who were super-spreaders in Wuhan and Italy.

“It is time government restrict the number of passengers for public transport (taxis, trotro and buses) and direct that all public transport on long journeys to have first aiders to monitor the clinical features of passengers before taking off and arrival,” Mr. Arkoh added.

The association however applauded the government’s efforts through the Ministry of Health and Ghana health service for containing and tracing COVID-19 cases.

Source: Ghana | | Osei Kwadwo Ambassador



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