outbrain
Close  

Over 200 coronavirus-linked attacks on health workers—Red Cross

/ 02:48 PM May 28, 2020

FILE – A medical staff member (C) wearing protective clothing takes test samples for the COVID-19 coronavirus from a visitor at a virus testing station in the nightlife district of Itaewon in Seoul on May 12, 2020. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

The Red Cross said Wednesday that more than 200 violent attacks on health workers connected with the COVID-19 crisis had been reported across more than a dozen countries since the pandemic began.

The International Committee of the Red Cross joined 12 other global medical and humanitarian organizations, representing more than 30 million medical professionals, to issue a declaration condemning growing attacks on health workers and facilities.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The sad reality is that health workers have for a long time been subject to many shocking forms of violence,” the declaration said.

While hailing recent displays of support for COVID-19 responders, it lamented that “many responders are nevertheless experiencing harassment, stigmatization and physical violence.”

FEATURED STORIES

“Some healthcare professionals and the people they were caring for have even been killed,” the declaration said, pointing to at least 208 such violent incidents since the beginning of the pandemic.

ICRC stressed in a statement that that number only covered the attacks that had been reported, warning that “the actual numbers are likely much higher.”

The organizations urged governments to act against the misinformation that may be provoking the violence and to ensure that healthcare workers are properly protected.

“Healthcare workers and facilities and medical vehicles should never be a target of violence,” the declaration said.

“We urge governments, communities and weapon bearers to respect and protect healthcare at all times, and to contribute to creating a protective environment in which healthcare can be provided safely.”

ICRC voiced particular concern for healthcare staff working in countries with fragile health systems.

“Infection rates of healthcare staff are as high as 14 percent of total confirmed infections in contexts where healthcare systems are functioning reasonably well,” it pointed out.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This percentage could be much higher for healthcare staff working in systems already strained by conflict or suffering long-term underinvestment,” it warned.

For more news about the novel coronavirus click here.
What you need to know about Coronavirus.
For more information on COVID-19, call the DOH Hotline: (02) 86517800 local 1149/1150.

The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link .

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19, Health, health care workers, International Committee of the Red Cross, Red Cross, Sports, world
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.