Over 10, 000 Health Workers Infected With COVID-19 in Africa- WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released an update on the seriousness of the coronavirus amongst health workers across the African continent.

The WHO said on Thursday that over 10, 000 health workers in over 40 countries, have been infected with the virus.

Personal Protective Equipment.

At the moment, there are well over 750,000 cases and more than 15,000 deaths across the continent, WHO reported.

“The growth we are seeing is placing an ever peg eater strain on health services across the continent,’’ WHO Africa Director, Matshidiso Moeti, said.

Moeti warned that the numbers have very real consequences for the individuals who work in them.

Little is known about the prevalence of the virus amongst health workers, as very few countries release such data to the WHO.

However, the little data that has so far been gotten about this shows that health workers make up more than five per cent of cases in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to Moeti, health workers are infected due to lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as weak prevention and control measures.

She went on to say that only 16 per cent of 30,000 clinics and hospitals across the continent, the WHO assessed, had sufficient infection prevention and control measures.

Only less than 8% had isolation capacities, and just a third had the capacity to treat patients.

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