The Deputy Executive Director of Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG), Dr. James Duah has revealed that most of the over 109 Front line health workers who contracted the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on line of duty were due to the use of substandard sanitizers.
Dr. Duah made this revelation when he took his turn to address the press at a day’s media engagement organised by Star Ghana Foundation to share lessons learnt from the COVID-19 Response Project in Accra.
According to him, his outfit detected this anomaly when it conducted investigations into the cause of risen infection rate of COVID-19 among front line health workers across the country.
The Deputy Executive Director of CHAG explained that the case of one doctor who was very diligent in applying sanitizer always before and after attending to patients’ test positive of COVID-19 raise their suspicions thus the clinical test conducted on some of the products (sanitizers).
“To our uttermost surprise, the clinical test result showed that the sanitizers they were using all along were substandard. The quantity of alcohol contained in them were less than 60 per cent (60%) which was far below the recommended ones by the World Health Organisation (WHO)” He opined.
Dr. Duah however, commended the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) for their prompt action in addressing the anomaly to bring infection rates among front line health workers down. “Another thing that has helped in the reduction of infection among front line health workers was the training they received through the support of Star Ghana Foundation.” The Deputy Executive Director of CHAG added.
He therefore appealed to the general public to adhere to all the WHO’s Safety Protocols. Saying lack of strict adherence of WHO’s Safety Protocols even among health workers are the major cause of increasing rate of infection in Ghana.
Speaking in an interview after the engagement, the Executive Director of Star Ghana Foundation, Mr Amidu Ibrahim-Tanko said that response from the eight Ghanaian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) which including the Media Foundation for West Africa, Caritas Ghana, Christian Health Association of Ghana, and the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations shown that decentralisation of resources, policies and implementation has the potential of helping to bridge the gap between served and the undeserved.
He is therefore appealing to the government to use its decentralized structures in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic efficiently at the grassroots level. And also urged the Government to collaborate more with CSO’s to address the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.
It would be recalled that Star Ghana Foundation in April 2020 launched its COVID-19 response project on the theme: ‘The role of Civil Society in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic’.
The project which is being funded by the UKAid and the European Union was designed to complement efforts by the Government of Ghana in the prevention and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 response project according to Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko has enable the eight CSOs working on the project to access accurate, timely, inclusive and relevant information on COVID-19 to enable stakeholders functioned out a uniform system for citizens to monitor public issues and the effective collaboration between CSOs and citizens to promote accurate and timely information and education.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH