By Benjamin Jumbe
The World Health Organization has warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa.
The warning comes a day after Uganda registered the first Covid-19 death- 34-year old female health worker from the Eastern district of Namisindwa.
More than 10000 health workers in the 40 countries which have reported on such infections have been infected with COVID-19 so far, a sign of the challenges medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face.
WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says the growth being seen in COVID-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent.
In Africa, information on health worker infections is still limited, but preliminary data finds that they make up more than 5% of cases in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa alone, and in four of these, health workers make up more than 10% of all infections.
The Organization that has trained more than 50 000 health workers in Africa in infection prevention and control, plans to train over 200 000 more, as well as providing guidelines on best care practices and the most up-to-date treatment regimes