News & Analysis: Health workers

Surviving the Second Wave: Anxiety and Fatigue on South Africa’s COVID-19 Frontline

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit South African shores in March 2020, frontline workers have worked tirelessly and at great personal risk.”

via Sunday Times

Vivian Nwakah: Advancing Equitable Access to Safer Medication in Africa

COVID-19 Africa Watch talks to Vivian Nwakah, Founder and CEO of Medsaf, about addressing the inefficiencies and inequalities in African healthcare systems.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Tanzania’s virus surge dents claims of prayer ‘cure’

“‘COVID-19 is killing people and we see a lot of cases but we cannot talk about the disease,’ said a doctor in a public hospital in Tanzania’s biggest city Dar es Salaam, who like many asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.”

via Vanguard

34,000 health workers register for COVID-19 vaccines on first day

“The electronic vaccine data system self-registration portal is up and running with more than 34,000 health-care workers already registering for the vaccine, the national department of health said on Wednesday.”

via Sunday Times

Nigeria: New virus strain taking toll on health workers

“Over the past week, 75 Nigerian health workers have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain detected in the country, an official said late on Monday. Many patients visiting hospitals were found to be unaware of their COVID-19 status, making healthcare workers particularly susceptible to infections.”

via Anadolu Agency

Over 150 Nasarawa health workers contract COVID-19 (Nigeria)

“Nasarawa Commissioner for Health, Ahmed Yahaya, has disclosed that over 150 health workers in the state have been tested positive for COVID-19.”

via The Nation (Nigeria)

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

Malawi doctors call for volunteers to support frontline health care staff

“The Society of Medical Doctors president Victor Mithi said they need volunteers, particularly clinicians, nurses, and laboratory personnel that are either not employed or have free time, to work at equivalent grade allowances in COVID-19 centers in central hospital isolation wards and new field hospitals to be set up by the government.”

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