The Union of Professional Nurses and Midwives Ghana (UPNMG) are calling on the government to extend the duration of the Covid-19 tax waiver incentives to its members to the end of the year.

According to the Union, political parties activities, the opening of country borders, mass gathering of people and the gross disregard of the coronavirus, are likely to increase the country’s case count which will put health workers at risk in the coming days.

The Union also called on the government to fast track the negotiation process of the conditions of service for nurses and midwives that has been ongoing for some time now.

UPNMG is also calling on the government to consider capturing all nurses and midwives as frontline health workers to enable them also enjoy the 50 per cent of their salary as allowance.

In a press release signed by the National PRO of UPNMG, John Agbenyeavu said the extension of the tax waiver to December 2020 is justified by the number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Ghana, adding that Ghana has the second highest number of confirmed cases in West and Central Africa.

He commended its members for putting their lives on the line to ensure that Ghanaians are safe. 

Mr Agbenyeavu acknowledged government efforts in controlling the spread.

Meanwhile, Ghana’s case count as at today stands at 45,655 with 44,797 recoveries and 294 deaths