Africa Faces “Catastrophic Shortage” of Health Workers

Many African countries face a “catastrophic shortage” of medical professionals as cases are rising fast, the Africa CDC warns.

The continent's cases more than tripled in June—while infections among health care workers jumped 203% since late May, according to the WHO. 

Nigeria’s doctors went on strike for protection; nurses in Cameroon are going to work sick; and a treatment ward in a Guinea-Bissau hospital had to close after nearly all its staff got sick.

The Quote: “We cannot stand by and watch our colleagues all get infected,” says Ndukwe Emmanuel Ifeanyi of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors. “We don’t have enough manpower.”

The Washington Post
 

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