WHO warns of increasing numbers of healthcare workers testing positive for COVID-19 in African nations

Warning of the increasing numbers of healthcare workers testing positive for COVID-19, the World Health Organisation on July 23, said that more than 10,000 health workers have reported positive for the deadly virus in 40 countries in Africa.

“Health workers accounted for more than 5 per cent of cases in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and in four of those countries, health workers accounted for more than 10 percent of all infections, said the world health body.

W.H.O. Regional Director for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti has said that the health services in Africa are under an increased strain due to a surge in COVID-19 cases across the continent and are subsequently impacting the frontline worriers in the fight against the pandemic.

“This has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them, and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections,” added Moeti.

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