Thousands of healthcare workers across the globe have paid a high price in the process of trying to save others from the coronavirus.
Nearly a million of healthcare staff, prominent physicians and experts were killed by the coronavirus pandemic. Among them was Cemil Tascioglu a well-known physician who devoted his life to treating patients under his care, as well as medical students under his tutelage.
His 35-year-old son said:” The saddest part was that you could not physically contact him or say anything to him in those final days. The whole process was a bit too quick. We were talking on the phone and he sounded healthy. Then he got intubated and we were really worried. They don’t let you into his room. You couldn’t even get near. You could not even go inside the hospital.”
According to a report which was made by Amnesty International, a least 7,000 healthcare workers lost their lives due to the coronavirus, though the numbers could be much higher. In the 44 countries surveyed by the International Council of Nurses this month at least 1,000 nurses have been killed by the deadly pandemic.
The number of healthcare workers who have died of Covid-19 across the globe is approximately 30,000.
Howard Catton, CEO of the Geneva-based International Council of Nurses “These are huge numbers, and behind every of those numbers is the tragedy and loss for an individual family. The fact that countries are not systematically collected data on this is a scandal.”
The global pandemic has affected the medical profession like no other and continuing to serve in this sector during this period is a really huge sacrifice. Medical personnel across the world have been calling for better working conditions and pay.
There is a “huge hidden mental health risk” to the nursing workforce and ensuring that they have better pay and working conditions is the least world governments could do to appreciate their efforts.