Over 10,000 health workers infected in Africa – WHO

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Over 10,000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in Africa so far.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said this on Thursday, at a virtual media briefing.

WHO Africa region director, Matshidiso Moeti, said one of the biggest challenges in protecting health workers has been the global shortage of personal protective equipment.

“Health workers have concerns about taking the virus home, they suffer psychosocial pressures from working round the clock and in some communities they face stigma and discrimination,” she said.

“Together we will be discussing how COVID-19 is affecting health workers, who take care of all of us… they have heightened risk of getting infected with COVID-19.”

There are over 769,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa — with more than 435,000 recoveries and 16,000 deaths, according to the WHO.



Aneta Felix

Aneta Felix is a seasoned broadcast journalist and versatile content producer with an interest in reporting on human and gender rights, insecurity, corruption, and development among others. She has over five years of progressive experience, working across online, radio, and TV platforms, reporting the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa state, covering elections across the country and interviewing CEOs of multi-million dollar companies. Aneta is also the producer and presenter of the business documentary program, Startups, on TV360 Nigeria. She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Benin and is based in Lagos Nigeria.


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