Spat at, abused, attacked: healthcare staff face rising violence during Covid
2021-06-07 from theguardian.com
Hundreds of healthcare workers treating Covid patients around the world have experienced verbal, physical, and sometimes life-threatening attacks during the pandemic, prompting calls for immediate action from human rights campaigners.
Covid-related attacks on healthcare workers are expected to rise as new variants cause havoc in countries such as India and rollouts of vaccination programmes belatedly get under way in some countries, according to the UN special rapporteur on the right to health.
“With the added stress of Covid, these attacks will go up,” said Tlaleng Mofokeng. “That’s the sad part. There’s already a shortage of health workers, and many did die. On top of that, we know the developed world has been hoarding vaccines, we know pharmaceutical companies don’t want to share their intellectual property. We have created an artificial situation where there’s even more scarcity. That will trickle down and add even more pressure at the point of care.”
A doctor herself, Mofokeng said these attacks were “disheartening and disappointing”. She said violence against healthcare staff was not new but Covid had compounded circumstances born out of lack of government leadership and investment in public health systems.
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