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COVID-19: Frontline workers are fatigued, says GMA

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) wants celebrities to jump on board and use their influence to help educate the public on COVID-19 safety protocols

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  • "If we don’t do that and this second wave gets out of hand then we are going to struggle. Mind you the health professionals themselves are already fatigued, having gone through this for a whole year, they are also fatigued, a lot of them are getting infection because people are walking into the health facilities unlike previously when you will be at home and they will reach out to you."

Dr Justice Yankson, General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), is calling for a concerted effort in educating the public on the need to strictly adhere to COVID-19 protocols following recent surge.

According to him, the call will help reduce pressure on frontline workers and existing health facilities across the country.

Speaking in an interview with Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday, Dr Yankson stated that frontline workers are already exhausted having worked for close to a year in battling the pandemic.

“Clearly our activities during the Christmas, New Year, before, during and after the election put together like one month period has contributed to what we all are experiencing now, that is why we are asking that we observe the COVID protocols to break the chain of transmission,” Dr Yankson stated.

He added: “If we don’t do that and this second wave gets out of hand then we are going to struggle. Mind you the health professionals themselves are already fatigued, having gone through this for a whole year, they are also fatigued, a lot of them are getting infection because people are walking into the health facilities unlike previously when you will be at home and they will reach out to you.”

Dr Yankson wants public figures and celebrities to jump on board and to use their influence to help educate the public on the need to observe COVID-19 safety protocols.

Listen to Dr Justice Yankson on The Asaase Breakfast Show

Case update

Ghana’s active case count of COVID-19 has shot up marginally to 1,330, according to latest figures from the Ghana Health Service.

The total number of confirmed cases stands at 56, 421 after the Ghana Health Service recorded an additional 191 new cases from the laboratories as at 8 January 2021. So far, 54, 753 persons have recovered and have been discharged. The death toll stands at 338.

Regional breakdown of cases

The Greater Accra Region-31,531

Ashanti Region-11247

Western Region-3,144

Eastern Region-2,651

Central Region-2,171

Bono East Region-788

Volta Region-771

Western North Region-668

Bono Region-642

Northern Region-580

Ahafo Region-530

Upper East Region-391

Savannah Region-62

North East Region-22

Fred Dzakpata

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