Some three million health workers have been infected with COVID-19, representing 10 percent of the almost 30 million cases registered on the planet, according to a study presented today by the International Council of Nursing (ICN), which asks governments for greater security for the sector.
Furthermore, the report indicates, at least a thousand male and female nurses have died in 44 countries, a figure that may be much higher given the lack of data in numerous health networks.
The ICN, which coordinates various national organizations of nursing professionals and has surveyed the main concerns of the sector during the pandemic, denounces in the text that many governments do not prioritize the prevention of health workers in their fight against COVID
This is seen, precisely, in the lack of data on infections among health professionals in many countries, but also in the difficulty of accessing protective equipment, diagnostic tests or training in the fight against the coronavirus
The International Disease Council also denounces cases of discrimination or attacks against these workers and regrets that in more than half of the countries studied, COVID
-19 does not have the status of an occupational disease, which implies greater difficulty in accessing compensation in case of death of the worker.
The report paints a heartbreaking picture of how nurses and other healthcare workers are still exposed to COVID
-19 and its associated risks, ICN President Annette Kennedy said in a statement.
Those risks include violence, prejudice, mental problems and, ultimately, the sacrifice of their lives, she concluded.