UN agency steps up belt for governments to do more protect and support workers as the pandemic continues to grow.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that between 80,000 and 180,000 healthcare workers worldwide have died as a result of COVID-19, warning of the danger of burn-outout, fear and fatigue as the virus continues to spread over the world.
“These deaths are a tragic loss,” WHO said on Thursday, as it is the data over the period between January 2020 and May 2021. The total number of known deaths from COVID-19 was 3.45 million over the same period.
“They are also an irreplaceable chasm in the world pandemic response.”
About 135 million people is thought of work in healthcare worldwide.
workers in clinics and hospitals are on the front lines of the pandemic since the first Cases of COVID-19 have surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in end of 2019 and although many last having exhaustion and fear, there is little sign that has the disease run its course.
Health workers have been given priority in a lot of countries’vaccination programs, but the unequal distribution’ of jabs means that on average, over the world, just two in five are fully vaccinated, the WHO said.
“We have a moral obligation to protect all health and care workers, ensure their rights and give them with reasonable work in a safe and stimulating practice environment. This should include: access vaccines,” said Jim Campbell, director of the WHO Health Workforce Department.
if of Sep 2021, available data from 119 countries suggests that less than 1 in 10 health workers are fully vaccinated in the African and Western Pacific, while 22 are mostly high-income countries reported that more than 80 percent of their staff was fully vaccinated. A few big high incomes countries have not yet reported data to the WHO, it noted.
“It is encouraging that the reported rate of infections and deaths among health and care workers reduced over time: but the world cannot be complacent. More work is necessary to minimize the risk of infection in the workplace,” the WHO statement said.
The UN Health Agency says governments need to strengthen monitoring and reporting of COVID-19 infections, ill health and deaths among health and care workers, creating a working environment in which health workers are protected.
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