News & Analysis: Health workers

Malawi’s Second Wave: What Lessons from 2020 Can be Applied in 2021?

As a second wave inundates Malawi, public health officials and policymakers are asking, What lessons from Malawi’s mild 2020 experience should be applied in 2021?

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors has called for volunteer health workers to support the frontline health care staff during this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic. The doctors made the call in a statement barely a day after President Lazarus Chakwera admitted that the country’s health system had been ‘overwhelmed’ by the surge.”

via Nyasa Times

Senegal’s hospitals stretched as COVID-19 infections surge

“Senegal is rushing to provide more hospital beds for coronavirus patients as infections soar and a lack of capacity means doctors are only able to admit the most severe cases, health officials said.”

via Reuters

Zimbabwe: Sally Mugabe Hospital Midwives Down Tools Over COVID-19 PPE

“Midwives running Sally Mugabe Hospital’s maternity ward have withdrawn their services over lack of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment. The health workers have also blamed health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for alleged failure to listen to their concerns.”

via New Zimbabwe

Fault Lines between National and County Officials Push Kenyan Health Workers to the Brink

Kenyan health workers are pushing the government to honor agreements made in December, but negotiations have exposed fault lines between county and national officials. John Mbati reports from Nairobi.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Doctors set to join healthcare workers’ strike in Kenya

“The doctors will join nurses and other healthcare workers who went on strike last Monday over similar demands, ignoring warnings from government officials that public hospital workers taking part of the protest will be sacked.”

via Anadolu Agency

Kenya records more COVID-19 cases, deaths amid health worker strike

“The latest data came as healthcare staff at public hospitals in Kenya continued their strike in protest against a lack of both protective gear and health insurance as many of them have died after contracting COVID-19.”

via Anadolu Agency

Concern mounts for Eastern Cape health workers

“As active COVID-19 cases keep rising in the Eastern Cape, unions are also deeply concerned with the growing number of infections among frontline workers.”

via Mail & Guardian

Where COVID-19 has left Nigeria’s health system

“Over nine months into COVID-19 outbreak in Nigeria, there are concerns about how well the country has managed the pandemic. The Conversation Africa asked Dr Doyin Odubanjo, executive secretary of the Nigerian Academy of Science, to assess the situation and how it might affect the country’s ability to manage other equally important diseases.”

via The Conversation

Sixty-one staff contract COVID-19 at two hospitals in Durban

“Sixty-one staff including doctors, nurses and clerks have tested positive for COVID-19 at two hospitals in Durban in the past two weeks. The hospitals have not been shut down and are ‘accepting walk-in patients.”

via Sunday Times