The Government of Ghana has announced that it is placing a high priority on the lives of the country’s frontline health workers.
According to the government, it has worked to procure Personal Protective Equipment(PPEs) for all health workers in the country to ensure they are safe as they help in the fight against the disease.
Breaking down the types of equipment procured President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said: “350,000 masks, 558,650 examination dabs, 1,000 reusable goggles, 20,000 overalls, 7095 respirators, 500 waterproof gumboots, 2000 reusable face shields, 2,000 gallons of hand sanitizers, 10,100mml pieces of hand sanitizers, 500 shoe covers have been sent to the regional health directorates for onward distribution to the district health directorate for use by our health workers”.
He noted that the government is aware that more needs to be done during this period of crisis considering the global shortage of PPEs indicating that the government has engaged local manufacturers to assist in the local production of the equipment.
He announced that the government has set an insurance package aside of GHC 350,000 for each health personnel and Allied Professional in the fight against Coronavirus.
He also indicated that a daily allowance of One Hundred and Fifty Ghana cedis will be paid to personnel who are involved in the contact tracing exercise.
The president further mentioned that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months ie April, May and June adding that all frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of 50% of their basic salary per month ie from March, April, May and June adding that the March allowance will be paid together with April allowance.
The President announced that the Ministry of transport is also making available Ayalolo buses to transport health workers in Accra, Tema, Kumasi and Kasoa to and from work along specific routes for the entire duration of the restrictions.