News & Analysis: Health workers

African states face acute shortages of oxygen supplies and ICU beds

“WHO regional director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said that hospital admissions for severely ill COVID-19 patients had reached unprecedented levels in about 10 countries; at least six countries were facing shortages in intensive care unit beds and medical oxygen.”

via The East African

Uganda seeks oxygen donations after nine doctors die in ‘India-like’ coronavirus surge

“Nine doctors have died of COVID-19 in Uganda in the last fortnight, as a devastating new wave of coronavirus infections sweeps over the country.”

via The Telegraph

Vaccines and oxygen run out as third wave of COVID-19 hits Uganda

“Both private and public medical facilities in the capital, Kampala and in towns across the country – including regional hubs in Entebbe, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu and Masaka – have reported running out or having acute shortages of AstraZeneca vaccines and oxygen. Hospitals report they are no longer able to admit patients to intensive care.”

via The Guardian (UK)

Namibia: Hospitals Cancel Surgeries due to COVID-19 Surge

“The national state referral hospitals Windhoek Central Hospital and Katutura Intermediate Hospital will no longer perform any operations unless they are urgent, as the country continues to battle a third wave of COVID-19 infections.”

via The Namibian

Entebbe referral hospital closed to inpatients after COVID-19 surge

“The director of Entebbe Referral Hospital, Dr Moses Muwanga has said the facility has been closed to inpatients due to a surge in the number of COVID-19 patients being admitted at the hospital.”

via Daily Monitor

Hospital bed space alert in Gauteng as third wave of COVID-19 takes hold

“More than 1,800 people are currently hospitalised in the province’s private and public facilities, but concerns over bed space are mounting as Gauteng COVID-19 infection numbers spike.”

via Daily Maverick

The stark global divide in the COVID-19 pandemic

“COVAX has relied heavily on Indian developers for supplies, but deliveries have now stalled as India grapples with a violent resurgence of the pandemic. With more than 930,000 people inoculated in Kenya so far, vaccines are expected to be exhausted in the coming days.”

via CNN

COVID-19: Africans are Hospitalized and Dying in India

As India’s COVID-19 disaster continues to unfold, Africans in the country are facing grim health risks and financial hardships, with uncertain prospects of when they will be able to return home.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

India’s COVID-19 crisis is wake-up call for Africa: AU health chief

“African nations generally do not have sufficient numbers of healthcare workers, hospital beds or oxygen supplies – and the continent of 1.3 billion would be even more overwhelmed than India if cases surged in a similar way, said John Nkengasong, head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.”

via Al Jazeera

Sudan’s health system ‘weak and limited in capacity,’ say doctors on strike

“Doctors at Sennar Hospital went on strike because of the systematic assault on medical personnel in the surgery department on Tuesday. The doctors said in a statement that the strike includes partial suspension of work in the private sector and clinics.”

via Radio Dabanga