Health-care workers hit hard
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO)‚ health-care workers in Africa have been hit hard by the virus.
The organisation said more than 10‚000 health workers have been infected in 40 African countries.
“There are now more than 750‚000 cases of Covid-19‚ with more than 15‚000 deaths. Some countries are approaching a critical number of infections that can place stress on health systems. SA is now among the worst-hit countries in the world‚” said WHO regional director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti.
“The growth we are seeing in Covid-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent. This has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them‚ and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections.”
Moeti said many health centres were found to lack the infrastructure necessary to implement key infection prevention measures‚ or to prevent overcrowding.
Only 7.8% (2‚213) had isolation capacities and just a third had the capacity to triage patients‚ Moeti said.
“One infection among health workers is one too many‚” said Moeti.
“Doctors‚ nurses and other health professionals are our mothers‚ brothers and sisters. They are helping to save lives endangered by Covid-19.
“We must make sure that they have the equipment‚ skills and information they need to keep themselves‚ their patients and colleagues safe‚” she added.
Source: ARENA Holdings.