Covid-19 Quarantine: Health workers stranded over Gh¢219,000 hotel debt

The Management of a hotel in Tamale have refused to admit some health workers to be quarantine after coming into contact with the 80 year-old woman who died of Covid-19 at the Tamale Central Hospital.

The hotel (name withheld) declined for the facility to be used to quarantine the health workers over an unsettled two hundred and nineteen thousands Ghana cedis (Gh¢219,000) debt by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the Northern Region.

It was the same hotel used to quarantine some 40 health workers of the Tamale Teaching Hospital who came into contact with the 8 Guineans and 2 Burkinabes who tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamale.

The Northern Regional Health Director, Dr. John Eleeza, said management of the hotel is demanding payment for the outstanding debt and has, thus, refused to accommodate the health workers.

He added efforts to secure a facility to quarantine them has proved futile and pleaded with the health workers to self-isolate and ensure all safety measures.

However, Daily Guide’s Eric Kombat reported the health workers are worried their homes are not conducive for self-quarantine and could put their families at risk.

Most them said they live in compound houses and might infect their families if they go back home.

Meanwhile, the matter has been reported to the Northern Regional Minister, Hon Salifu Saeed and the Ministry of Health for the necessary action.


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