Catholic Bishops Advocate Special Package For Ebola Fighting Health Workers

SONY DSCThe Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has urged government to institute a compensatory package for health workers who would attend to Ebola patients should there be an outbreak in the country.

The Conference said such package would encourage and motivate health workers to offer the best possible care to Ebola patients.

These were contained in a communiqué issued at the end of this year’s bishops’ conference and signed by the Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu, President of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference and Bishop of the Konongo-Mampong diocese.

The statement further urged the government to provide adequate protective gears, including gloves and masks for the use by health practitioners in view of the fact that health workers were at risk of contracting the disease while attending to Ebola patients.

“Additionally, some hospitals, clinics and health care centres across the nation, should be set up as special centres to handle reported cases of the disease immediately,” it urged.

The statement said: “Government has put in place a national programme to help prevent and contain the disease in the event of an outbreak in our country. Our recommendation is that government should publicise this programme for all citizens to know the danger posed by the disease through an aggressive information and education campaign on the disease”.

It expressed concern about the situation where people, especially, fishermen who had been to some of the affected areas enter the country, through the sea and go straight to their families and communities without any proper screening.

“We think that this situation poses a real danger not only to the families of such people but to the entire nation and call on the government to help address this situation,” it said.

The statement stressed the need for the country’s airports, harbours and borders to be with alert and be well-equipped to screen people who enter the country to isolate and deal with possible cases of the disease.

It appealed to all Catholic priests, religious and lay leaders, including catechists, to begin to inform and educate their people about the disease.

The statement said the possible way of stopping the outbreak of Ebola was prevention and that all must contribute in that regard.

“While it is absolutely important for everyone to help prevent this deadly disease from entering our country, it serves no useful purpose to suspect every little symptom as signs of Ebola. This, far from helping in the fight against the disease, rather creates confusion, fear and panic, among people and so we encourage all to refrain from this act,” it cautioned.

By Times Reporter   

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