WORLD HEALTH DAY 2020: Appreciation To The Nurses And Midwives At The Frontier In The Fight Against Corona Virus;
As the Corona Virus Pandemic keeps ravaging the World, it is pertinent that we appreciate those who are at the frontline in the fight to arrest the situation and bring about a new normal.
Knowing fully well what’s at stake as the most vulnerable in this fight, these healthcare workers are so determined to bring an end to this Pandemic even at the most Supreme price –their lives.
Today LIFT4AFRICA and all its partners join other International and Local Organisations all over the world to celebrate all the healthcare workers. In a special way, we are celebrating the Nurses and Midwives who in the cause of this epidemic are relentless to make the world a better place for you and me.
According to Newsweek, the novel coronavirus has killed over 150 doctors and nurses around the world, nearly half of whom are reported to be in Italy. The U.S. saw its first emergency physician die after showing COVID-19 symptoms this week. Several other healthcare workers have died since the wake of the outbreak across the globe, including in China, the U.K., France, Spain and Iran.
It’s harder to find data for the number of medical personnel dead or infected from the virus in the US because no nationwide data has been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical associations or healthcare worker unions.
The International Council of Nurses has learnt from its nursing association members across the globe last month that a handful of nurses have lost their lives to Covid-19.
Howard Catton, chief executive of the ICN, told Nursing Times that nurse deaths had been reported in Iran, Indonesia and Spain.
“It’s a small number but any number is too high but I think what it highlights clearly and tragically is that we now do have nurses who have died as a result of catching coronavirus,” said Mr Catton.
The news about nurse deaths comes after the latest figures from Italy showed that 9% of the country’s Covid-19 cases were healthcare workers. Mr Catton described this percentage as “worryingly high”.
In light of these developments, he said he was renewing his call on behalf of the ICN for urgent action to ensure sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) reach frontline nurses.
In Nigeria, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, says it has placed three of its health workers in isolation after having contact with a patient who died of COVID-19.
“The patient did not divulge his travel history and underlying medical conditions to the health workers, but the health workers were suspicious based on his symptoms and warning to exercise caution while attending to patients.
“The health workers that attended to the patient took necessary precautions, but based on the advice of LASUTH Infectious Diseases Consultant, the doctor and nurses that had contact with the patient had been placed on isolation,” the CMAC chairman said.
Last Thursday, Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust (PAHT) in Harlow, Essex, lost one of its Midwives Mrs Lyndsay Coventry, 54, to the virus. Coventry is the first serving NHS midwife in England.
The situation in Philippines calls for urgent attention as the Nurses and Midwives attend to patients without surgical mask to cover their faces some are reported to be using a cloth mask that provides insufficient protection from the virus, which has killed more than 46,000 people worldwide, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
At least 17 frontline coronavirus medics have already died in the Philippines, and more than 600 have been in quarantine, according to CNN Philippines
“Doctors and other health care workers (here) work under conditions of a desperate lack of personal protective equipment, as do others in many other countries,” said Esperanza Cabral, a Filipino cardiologist and clinical pharmacologist, who once served as the Secretary of the Philippines Health Department.
Number of doctors and nurses who have died from COVID-19(as of April 4)
- Italy — at least 73
- Philippine — 17
- China — at least 14
- U.K. — at least 5
- France — at least 5
- Spain — at least 5
- Iran — at least 3
- U.S. — at least 1
- Greece — at least 1
- Poland — at least 1
- Pakistan — at least 1
From all indications, most deaths of healthcare workers are caused by exposure and inadequate essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Hospitals worldwide are straining under a load of too many patients and not enough medical equipment and protective gear for doctors and nurses, The Washington Post reported.
Therefore we are calling on all the Government, relevant institutions and stakeholders to ensure that Healthcare facilities and workers are provided with the necessary Personal Protective Equipments (PPE) as they diligently carryout their duties.
We therefore celebrate those at the frontline and also those who have died in the line of duty.
LIFT4AFRICA says, Thanks for your sacrifices!!!