1.15 lakh of health workers died from Covid, WHO says: The Tribune India

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Aditi Tandon

Tribune press service

New Delhi, October 25

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that around 1.15 lakh of healthcare workers have died from Covid worldwide, urging countries to step up vaccination of doctors and health workers as a priority .

The British Medical Journal (BMJ), in a feature article published Monday, documented the deaths of 1.15 lakh of healthcare workers, noting the WHO’s urgent warning: “If excess vaccines stored by countries the wealthiest are not shipped to vulnerable health professionals overseas, their tolls will continue to grow. by the thousands, adding to a looming health crisis due to a global shortage of health professionals. “

BMJ quoted Gordon Brown, former UK Prime Minister and WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing, as saying: “This is a moral catastrophe of historic proportions that will shock future generations.

In a detailed note on vaccine inequalities, the BMJ said global vaccine inequalities meant that many healthcare workers in the south of the world had yet to receive a first or second dose of the Covid vaccine, while Booster injections are being rolled out to the general population around the world. North. Quoting Brown, the health journal added, “Rich countries promised to donate vaccines to the poorest, but failed to deliver them. “

Data shows that only two in five healthcare workers are fully immunized on average, but it is less than one in ten in Africa and the Western Pacific regions.

The Indian Medical Association has reported that 800 doctors have died from the virus at home. WHO estimates of health worker deaths are based on reports from partner organizations. The estimate ranges from 80,000 to 1.8 lakh between January 2020 and May 2021.

800 Indian doctors died from Covid

Unequal jabs

  • In the south of the world, healthcare workers have yet to receive a first or second dose of the Covid vaccine
  • In the north of the world, booster injections are being deployed to the general population

Broken promise

Rich countries promised to give vaccines to the poorest, but failed to deliver them. – Gordon Brown, WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing


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