WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) yesterday called on governments worldwide to provide their health workers with the proper protection against COVID-19.
WHO made the call amid findings by new data that about one in seven – and in some cases, one in three – of all COVID-19 infections are among health care workers.
According to Director-General of WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, health care workers do not just have to contend with the risk of infection.
“Every day, health workers are exposed to stress, burnout, stigma, discrimination and even violence,” he said.
He spoke in similar vein with Executive Director of WHO Emergency Programmes, Mike Ryan, who said that frontline health workers are under immense pressure every day.
“The least we can do is give them the tools, the training and the environments in which they can do that work at the safest possible level.” said Ryan.
He noted that when health workers feel safe, they do their jobs better.
It will be recalled that Ryan was asked to comment on President Donald Trump’s contradiction of Director of U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield who said beore a Congressional committee on Wednesday that vaccine for COVID-19 could be broadly rolled out in mid-2021 and that using masks might be more effective than a vaccine to stem the spread of the virus.