Allied health professionals in Ghana suspend Covid-19 contact tracing, testing

Some volunteers in the health sector who have been engaged by the government of Ghana for the nationwide Covid-19 contact tracing and testing have withdrawn from the exercise.

The strike took effect on Monday, April 13, 2020, the group said in a statement.

The group known as Coalition of Unemployed Allied Health Professionals (COAHP) had threatened to discontinue the exercise and demanded permanent employment from the government.

Their action is stemmed from what they describe as government’s discrimination in recruiting the 2017 batch of Nurses and Midwives while excluding the Allied Health Professional of the same year group.

“Our action is influenced by the unfair treatment that has been meted out to the 2017/2018 batch of the Allied Health Professionals by the Ministry of Health,” said the General Secretary of the group, Vincent Amponsah Gyamfi.

“Follow-ups were done to this effect and the Ministry of Health promised us that, latest by March, our financial clearance will be granted, we thereby could not fathom why only that of nurses was granted leaving out Allied Health Professionals,” he explained.

The coalition which comprises 3, 797 members had 1,855 members engaged in the voluntary contact tracing and testing.

They further cautioned members of the public to be wary of persons who will disguise as Allied Health Professional to do contact tracing, sample taking and testing.

“Contact tracing, sample taking, testing and all public health activities are strictly the work of certified Allied Health Professionals,” the group warned.

Daily Mail GH

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