The WHO African Region has called on member states to ensure the safety of healthcare workers across the continent, as they stand on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The office says over 10 000 healthcare workers across all African countries have tested positive for the virus.

There are over 769 000 confirmed cases on the African continent – with more than 435 000 recoveries and over 16 000 COVID-19-related deaths.
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WHO Africa’s Health Security Adviser, Dr. Ambrose Talisuna, says governments must ensure that all healthcare workers have the necessary Person Protective Equipment and adequate working hours.
“At the moment, we have over 10 000 health workers that have been infected with COVID-19. It’s really worrying for us. Member states have an obligation to these workers to have the adequate PPE that they need. The second issue is health workers could be overloaded. Do they get shifts? Because once health workers are overloaded you are likely to make a mistake just because you are overloaded.”