A group known as NPP Medical Team has raised serious concern about the government commitment to bring back Retired Health Professionals to combat covid-19 pandemic.
According to them, the commitment by president Akufo-Addo is very applauding and for that matter there is the need for every well-meaning Ghanaian to support the president in this difficult time to stop the spreading of this deadly virus.
However, in a press release issued and signed by the chairman of NPP Medical Team Mr. Albert Opoku Deputy Health Director on Saturday March 28, 2020 revealed the reasons why the government shouldn’t engage the retired health professionals in the fight against covid-19.
The group, made up of medical professionals insisted that people within the retirement age bracket are more susceptible to the pandemic than the youth. “Our suggestion is based on the most available statistics from several studies pointing to the fact that the morbidity and mortality rate of Covid 19 is very high among the aged above 60 years”.
Their research revealed that the disease is killing people over 65 years at a much higher rate than younger groups. “According to Prof. Walter Ricciardi, scientific adviser to Italy’s Minister of Health, the country’s mortality rate is far higher due to demographics - the nation has the second oldest population worldwide” their statement revealed.
They suggested that government rather makes use of young medically trained professionals in the COVID-19 fight. “Instead of recalling the vulnerable health professionals to fight Covid 19, let us mobilize all the health professionals who are still waiting for financial clearance both private and government trained for the situation at hand and the huge task ahead of us. These are youthful professionals and have high immunity against Covid 19 as per all researches done so far.”
“We are suggesting again to MOH to have a team that would research into all the confirmed cases to improve the knowledge of Covid 19 in Ghanaian terms since the morphology of the disease in Sub-Saharan Africa may not be the same as other parts of the world to help us manage the pandemic better,” the statement said.
The powerful NPP Medical Team entreats all good people of this country to stay calm and follow all the measures been put in place by the president and Ministry of Health to all the senior citizens and the vulnerable groups are to stay at home if possible so they can protect themselves from the deadly covid-19 virus.