Nasa 80,000 hanggang 180,000 na healthcare workers ang namatay sa buong mundo dahil sa Covid-19, ayon sa World Health Organization (WHO).
Ayon pa sa WHO, ito ay mula sa 135 milyong health staff.
“Between 80,000 to 180,000 health and care workers could have died from COVID-19 in the period between January 2020 to May 2021,” pahayag ng WHO.
Sinabi ni WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus na kailangan ng healthcare workers na ma-immunize laban sa sakit. “Data from 119 countries suggest that on average, two in five health and care workers globally are fully vaccinated. But of course, that average masks huge differences across regions and economic groupings.”
“In Africa, less than in one in 10 health workers have been fully vaccinated. Meanwhile, in most high-income countries, more than 80 percent of health workers are fully vaccinated,” dagdag pa ni Ghebreyesus.
“We call on all countries to ensure that all health and care workers in every country are prioritized for Covid-19 vaccines, alongside other at-risk groups.”
Samantala, sinabi ni Annette Kennedy, pangulo ng International Council of Nurses na nagluluksa ang organisasyon sa lahat ng nasawing health workers dahil sa virus.
“It’s a shocking indictment of governments. It’s a shocking indictment of their lack of duty of care to protect health care workers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives,” ayon pa kay Kennedy.
“They are now burnt out, they are devastated, they are physically and mentally exhausted. And there is a prediction that 10 percent of them will leave within a very short time,” dagdag pa ni Kennedy.