Staff of the Ridge Hospital in Accra, including trainee nurses from the Teshie Nurses and Midwifery Training School, Korle bu and several others have abandoned their duty posts for fear of contracting COVID-19, particularly because of a lack of protective gears.
Adwoaadubia News gathers from multiple sources that several frontline workers at the Ridge hospital on Sunday, March 15, took to their heels when a Chinese patient walked into the facility, exhibiting a number of COVID-19 symptoms including coughing, sneezing and a runny nose.
The health workers abandoned their posts over the unavailability of nose masks after they ran out hours before the arrival of the said Chinese national who is said to be in isolation as of Monday morning.
The shortage of the nose masks and other gears, Adwoaadubia News gathers, has resulted in the abandonment of clinicals.
“Yesterday, a Chinese man came there. He was coughing and sneezing as well as had running nose but they took his blood samples for further testing. We need protection because you cannot tell who has the virus and who does not. At the time the man reported there was a limited nose mask. Though the person attending to him had a nose mask. Persons who came with the patient, as well as others, around were unprotected,” one source said to Adwoaadubia News‘ .