The World Health Organisation, WHO says over 10,000 health workers in the 40 countries battling the coronavirus pandemic in Africa are infected.
The organisation’s Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, stated this in a statement posted on its website on Friday which warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa, adding that this is a huge challenge medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face.
The UN health agency said this is coming as cases in Africa appear to be gathering pace. as there are now more than 750,000 cases, with over 15,000 deaths.
The statement also quoted, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti as saying the growth we are seeing in COVID-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent.
The statement added that this has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them, and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections.