The world’s health professionals have called on governments to support healthcare workers who are on the frontline to combat the novel coronavirus ruining countries across the world.
The World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), which represents 31 million healthcare professionals, stands in solidarity with all healthcare workers across the country who are on the front line in the fight to contain the current coronavirus epidemic.
Nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, dentists, and physicians all around the world are focusing their efforts on preventing, diagnosing, containing, and treating Covid-19 patients.
They are putting themselves at risk as they battle to protect their communities, often without the required personal protective equipment, such as masks and hazardous material suits, which can keep them safe from infection and therefore able to carry on their vital work.
The World Health Profession Alliance is calling on governments and healthcare organizations to support most especially the front line healthcare workers in any way they can through the supply of crucial personal protective equipment (PPE).
They should also ensure that staff is getting adequate breaks during their shifts and time off between shifts, to enable them carry on in what could be a long-term global crisis.
Also working in such conditions takes its toll on the psychological health of staff, so appropriate support services for staff should be put in place as a priority.
The Secretary-General of the World Medical Association, Dr. Otmar Kloiber said that nurses and physicians died during this crisis and probably more will die which may have been avoidable with better emergency preparedness.