Government yet to Describe Persons Acceptable as 'Frontline Health Workers'– Akufo-Addo
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that the government is making efforts to come out with a particular definition of persons constituting the Frontline Health Workers.
He said this at a meeting with the leadership of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, April 7.
The president called on the leadership of the GMA to help the government in its effort to define Frontline Health Workers to make it clear to all Ghanaians to allay the several complains being made.
“Effort is being made on the part of the government, to arrive at an acceptable definition, and I think your input will be very necessary and required, so that we get a definition that makes sense for everybody and which addresses the issue of people who are also in the frontline, as it were, of dealing with this disease,” the president noted.
The Government’s announcement of some packages for some frontline health workers has induced many to debate about which category of health workers was qualified to be called Frontline Health Workers and therefore will enjoy these packages.
The Health Minister, Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu while speaking at a press briefing on Tuesday, April 7, said only a category of nurses were going to enjoy the packages.
“All of us are health workers but not all of us will do some work that will make us take advantage of the large bonus.”
But at a meeting with the leadership of the GMA on Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo implored them to help in finding a definite meaning to the phrase “Frontline Health Workers.”
Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on behalf of the nation extended appreciation to all health workers across the country for their continued sacrifices and immense contribution to the fight against the Coronavirus disease.
“The purpose of the meeting was to let you know that I appreciate, and the country appreciates very much, the work that you are doing, and to encourage you that, at this stage more than at any time in your professional career, you will really be standing up for the people of Ghana in everything that you do,” the president said.
He also assured the GMA that the government will support the health workers in any way that it can to help them in their work.
“On my part and on the part of the government, we will continue to see what we can do to meet you halfway, ease the issues that you have. I think you heard my broadcast the other day, I indicated the measures that we want to put in place to support you in the work that you are doing.”
What are the measures by the Government to help health workers in the fight against coronavirus?
The president in his fifth address to the nation on Sunday, April 5, outlined some measures that the government has put in place to support the health workers as they contribute to the fight against the coronavirus disease.
The Government has waived-off taxes for health workers in the country for the next three months commencing April 2020 to June 2020.
“Government has decided that all health workers will not pay taxes on their emoluments for the next three months, i.e. April, May, and June,” the President said.
Also, an insurance package of 3500 Ghana cedi has been set aside for each health worker at the forefront of the fight against the virus with a daily allowance of 150 cedis being paid to health workers engaged in contact tracing.
Additionally, “all frontline health workers will receive an additional allowance of fifty percent (50%) of their basic salary per month, i.e. March, April, May, and June. The March allowance will be paid alongside that of April”.