News & Analysis: Health workers

Health workers speak from the COVID-19 frontline

“According to Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize, about 24,000 South African healthcare workers were diagnosed with Covid-19 as at 2 August, with 181 recorded deaths.”

via Daily Maverick

48 members of Kenyan family infected with COVID-19

“At least 48 members of the same family tested positive for the coronavirus after one of them travelled from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to upcountry, the Health ministry has said.”

via The East African

How clinic closures disrupt health services in Port Elizabeth (South Africa)

“The temporary closure of clinics in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro whenever a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 has disrupted healthcare services at many of the clinics and at least two hospitals. This often means patients, mostly women, children and the elderly, are left stranded because they rarely have the means to go to a different clinic further away.”

via Daily Maverick

COVID-19 kills 210 Health workers in Nigeria

“Over 10,000 health workers across Africa have tested positive for COVID-19, while 200 Nigerian health workers and 10 Nigerian doctors have been killed by the disease, a medical expert, Dr Abubakar Danladi, has said.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Why Rwanda needs to scale up digitized healthcare

“Digitization of healthcare services has been said by experts as one of the paths to scale up healthcare access at the same time keeping costs minimal.”

via The New Times

Patients evacuated as doctors’ strike continues (Ekiti State, Nigeria)

“The indefinite strike embarked on by doctors in Ekiti State has paralysed activities in public hospitals, as patients have been evacuated to seek treatment in private hospitals.”

via The Nation (Nigeria)

Over 10,000 health workers in Africa infected with COVID-19

“More than 10,000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face. This comes as COVID-19 cases in Africa appear to be gathering pace.”

via WHO Africa

Interview with Dr. Natasha Kaoma: Maintaining Community Work and Reproductive Health Efforts during the Pandemic

Dr. Natasha Kaoma, CEO of Copper Rose Zambia, an NGO working on issues of adolescent sexual and reproductive health, speaks to COVID-19 Africa Watch about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted her organization’s work.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

An Eritrea doctor reflects on the plight of her nation

“These days, I find that many Eritrean healthcare workers suffer from a particular anxiety due to the conditions and suffering of Eritreans around the globe. We acknowledge the hardship of our fellow Eritreans; those who do not have access to basic healthcare services and/or are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder inside and outside Eritrea.”

via Eritrea Hub

COVID-19 has exposed gaps in critical care in Kenya’s health sector

“Our resilience is being stretched to the limit; bed spaces are diminishing, caregivers are contracting the virus and hospitals are at risk of being overwhelmed. We are tragically unprepared for the deluge of patients with a virus we still cannot cure, even as the curve continues upwards.”

via Tuko