The World Health Organisation says though health workers account for an estimated three percent of the world’s population, they, however, account for 14 per cent of all infections with COVID-19.
WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, disclosed this during his opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 on Monday.
He said, “The pandemic has reminded all of us of the heroic work that health workers do every single day.
“Health workers account for an estimated three per cent of the world’s population, but account for 14 per cent of all infections with COVID-19.”
Continuing, the WHO chief noted, “One of WHO’s primary concerns has been to ensure that health workers have access to personal protective equipment.
“We also advise that health workers should clean their hands regularly with an alcohol-based hand rub, or wash with soap and water.
“And yet new data from WHO and UNICEF show that one in four health facilities globally lack basic water services.”
According to him, in the world’s 47 least-developed countries, half of all health facilities have no clean water on site.
“This puts health workers and patients at risk from infections of all kinds, makes childbirth much less safe, and drives antimicrobial resistance.
“Addressing this gap is an urgent priority for WHO and UNICEF, and must be for the rest of the world.
“Preliminary estimates show that making sure all healthcare facilities in the 47 least-developed countries have basic water, sanitation, hygiene, waste management and cleaning services will cost an additional 3.6 billion US dollars between 2021 and 2030.
“And we know that for every dollar invested in hand hygiene alone, there is a return of US$15.
“In other words, investing in water, sanitation and hygiene is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do,” he said.
According to worldometers.info, over 72m cases of COVID-19 have been recorded globally with over 1.6m deaths since the outbreak of the viral infection; while over 51m people have recovered from the infection.
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