“…we clean to reduce the infection so if I don’t come the infection is going to spread more,” that is how Ghanaian cleaner at the Royal London Hospital contributes his quota in the fight against the COVID-19 in the UK.
Mr Damoah Asare told the BBC that he was proud of the role he was playing at the hospital because it completes the equally hard work and dedication put in by doctors and nurses taking care of Coronavirus patients.
“The cleaning team is very important to the hospital as well because if the doctors give the medication and we don’t clean to reduce the infection, they haven’t done anything. If the nurses are giving medication and we don’t clean; we don’t do our job, they haven’t done anything.
The doctors alone cannot do the job, the nurses alone cannot do the job. Someone has to be a doctor, someone has to be a nurse and someone has to be a domestic,” Mr Asare explains.
He noted that in the early stages of the Coronavirus, he was nervous and scared since he wasn’t sure about his safety.
But after assurances from his manager on safety precautions as well as training on wearing of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), he took up the mantle to diligently work to help save the patients.
“They gave us training for how-to put-on PPE, how to go into the COVID ward, and how to protect yourself.”
“…I have to come; I have to come because the need my help. They need my support,” he told the news team.
“I love my job!” Damoah Asare exclaims.
Meanwhile, the fast-spreading Coronavirus has affected over 7 million people as of Monday, June 8 according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University.
The university’s data showed that the global tally of fatalities had reached 402,730, while the number of recoveries topped 3.14 million.
In Ghana, however, the case count has hit 9638 with 3636 recoveries and a death toll of 44.