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Exodus of healthcare workers from poor countries worsening, WHO says

A nurse is seen inside a screening and isolation field hospital set to fight against the spread of the coronavirus disease at a soccer stadium in the town of Machakos, in Machakos county, Kenya, April 22, 2020. picture taken April 22, 2020.

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters Poorer countries are increasingly losing healthcare workers to wealthier ones as the latter seek to shore up their own staff losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, sometimes through active recruitment, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.  The trend for nurses and other staff to leave parts of Africa or South-East Asia for […]

China sends military, doctors to Shanghai to test 26 million residents for COVID

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Shanghai, ChinaReuters China has sent the military and thousands of healthcare workers into Shanghai to help carry out COVID-19 tests for all of its 26 million residents as cases continued to rise on Monday, in one of the country’s biggest-ever public health responses. Some residents woke up before dawn for white-suited healthcare workers to swab […]

Pope hails healthcare workers as heroes for COVID service

Vatican Pope Francis 20 Feb 2022

Vatican CityAP Pope Francis on Sunday hailed healthcare workers as heroes for their service every day, not just during the pandemic, asking the public in St Peter’s Square to join with him in applause. Francis clapped his hands in what he said was a “great thank you” for health workers, including volunteers, who care for the […]

Coming to a clinic near you: Kenya’s COVID-19 vaccine drive gets a boost

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Nairobi, KenyaReuters Now that rich nations are sharing more COVID-19 shots with Africa, health officials across the continent are scrambling to overcome vaccine hesitancy and logistical problems to get the doses into arms fast enough before they expire. Penda Health, a Nairobi-based chain providing low-cost private healthcare, has found a way to speed things up: […]

Climate action at COP26 could save millions of lives, WHO says

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Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters The World Health Organization and about three-quarters of global healthcare workers on Monday called on governments to step up climate action at the COP26 global climate conference, saying it could save millions of lives a year. The UN health agency’s report on climate change and health calls for transformational action in every sector […]

Each COVID-19 surge poses a risk for healthcare workers: PTSD

Coronavirus PTSD Chris Prott

Los Angeles, USReuters Nurse Chris Prott’s knees jump, his heart races, his mouth goes dry and his mind floods with dark memories when he talks about working in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s intensive care unit during pandemic surges. Prott shares a struggle common to many of the military veterans for whom he has cared […]

India, Mexico top list of coronavirus-related attacks on health workers

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Mexico City, MexicoThomson Reuters Foundation One-third out of almost 1,200 attacks on health workers globally last year were related to COVID-19, a coalition of healthcare experts said on Tuesday, with staff being beaten and doused with hot coffee by people fearful of coronavirus infection.  India had the highest number of coronavirus-related attacks, with 128 out […]

On India’s COVID-19 frontline, female health workers push for fair pay

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Mumbai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation Rushing from one home to another in a village in western India, health worker Ashwini Mhaske cannot afford to take a breather. Working to keep COVID-19 at bay while caring for mothers and babies, Mhaske races between households to meet job targets and earn bonuses for a average monthly wage of […]

Fear, rumours lead to hundreds of attacks on COVID-19 responders

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  Dakar, SenegalThomson Reuters Foundation Healthcare workers fighting coronavirus in dozens of countries are facing violence from fearful communities who have attacked doctors and burned down clinics, aid agencies said on Tuesday. In Colombia, ambulances were blocked from entering a town to screen for COVID-19 cases, said the International Committee of the Red Cross, which […]

Pope hails Italy virus doctors, nurses as heroes at Vatican

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Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis welcomed doctors and nurses from the coronavirus-ravaged region of Lombardy to the Vatican on Saturday to thank them for their selfless work and “heroic” sacrifice. Francis dedicated one of his first post-lockdown audiences to Italy’s front-line medical and civil protection personnel, telling them that their example of professional competence and compassion […]