About 1,000 African medics infected with covid-19 in line of duty
London, May 13, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised serious concern that nearly 1,000 health medics in the African region have been infected with coronavirus
The WHO urged governments to make sure that doctors and nurses had personal protective equipment (PPE).
Nearly 1000 health workers in the #AfricanRegion have been infected with #COVID19, many of them #nurses.— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) May 12, 2020
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More than 100 doctors and nurses have died from Covid-19 globally, including Gita Ramjee, a Ugandan-South African scientist and researcher in HIV prevention in Africa.
Healthcare workers have been praised as heroes and heroines for their personal sacrifices in the face of the highly infectious disease that has seen doctors and nurses scramble to save the lives of thousands of patients.
African doctors and nurses, like their colleagues in other parts of the world, have had to grapple with shortage of personal protective equipment (PPEs) and long work shifts.
In South Africa alone, a total of 511 health workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in South Africa, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said
Mkhize said 26 doctors have been hospitalized and two health workers, a doctor and a nurse have died.
In a series of tweets, he said “149 health workers have recovered.”
In Ghana, more than 30 nurses and midwives have tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Ghana Registered Nurses’ & Midwives’ Association (GRNMA) has said.
The Association said their infected members are currently being managed at treatment centers and are responding.
The GRNMA also mentioned that over 250 more nurses are under quarantine due to their exposure to confirmed cases of Covid-19
The story is same in Nigeria, Kenya and many other African countries
Rwanda is attempting to arrest the situation by deploying robots in the fight against Coronavirus. The programmable machines will be used to do some of the tasks in the handling of COVID-19 cases in a bid to minimise human-to-human contact.
Anyone who comes into close contact with patients who may or do have coronavirus should wear some form of protection.
Clinicians carrying out tasks that could generate airborne droplets of saliva loaded with the virus should use an even higher standard of protection, including disposable gowns, filtering respirators and face-shielding visors.
But global demand for PPE is at unprecedented levels