Suspension of All COVID-19 Dead Bodies Burial by Environmental Health Practitioners in Ghana

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SUSPENSION OF ALL COVID-19 DEAD BODIES BURIAL BY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS IN GHANA

Good morning from Environmental Health Officers Alliance-Ghana ( EHOA-GH) Executives to all Environmental Health Practitioners in the entire 260 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and the Media both Local and International.

With much grieve and sorrow we EHOA-GH from this Wednesday of August 18, 2021 have laid down our tools on the burial of all COVID-19 Dead Bodies in this Country until all needed Resources are given by the key actors in this COVID-19 Pandemic Era that’s the Ministry of Health (MoH) for that matter Ghana Health Service (GHS).

This has become necessary since over One(1) year now all COVID19 dead bodies buried in this Country by Environmental Health Practitioners all over the Country in some MMDAs lacks the needed Personal Protective Equipments(PPEs), Hearse, and other incentives which have already given to our counterparts in the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

Right from the day Ghana recorded it’s first COVID-19 Case, the Environmental Health Practitioners who are 100% Health Workers working under the Local Government Service (LGS) that’s Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) were exempted from all Trainings and Workshops which were organized by the Ministry of Health (Ghana Health Service) in all the Sixteen (16) Regions.

It sudens our hearts at this critical moment on why the Government of Ghana specifically H. E. The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will neglect the only Public Health Law Enforcement Agents who are mandated by Section 14 of the Local Governance Act, 2016 (ACT 936) with Amendment (ACT 940) and E. I. 4 of 1976 in discharge of our mandated duties or job descriptions.

We EHOA-GH want to state on record without any fear or favour reference to Article 191 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and some Sections of the Labour Act, 2003 (ACT 651) that we have withdrawn our Services as enshrined in the Section 50 clause (c) of the Public Health Act, 2012 (ACT 851) with immediate effect.

EHOA-GH want to caution all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives and any other person in the MMDAs who will try to victimize any of our members on all COVID- 19 Burials contrary to Article 191 of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana will have the full forces of the Association descending on such a person without any fear or favour.

EHOA-GH Executives entreat all Environmental Health Practitioners in all the 260 MMDAs to stay calm as Executives engage Government on the needed Modus Operandi in the discharge of our duties on this Highly Infectious Virus COVID-19 Dead Bodies burials in our Country Ghana.

We thank each and everyone who have supported EHOA-GH since 2012 to date to continue to support till Ghana becomes clean from Reasonable Preventable Conditions (RPCs) engulfing us as a Country.

Long Live Ghana
Long Live EHOA-GH
Long Live Schools of Hygiene

I thank you for your needed attention.

[SIGNED]YAW AKWAA LARTEY
(Ag. District Env. Health Officer)
NATIONAL PRESIDENT
EHOA-GH
(0241 527129 / 0543 627320)

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