WHO says 1.15 lakh health workers died of Covid

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 25 October

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that an estimated 1.15 lakh healthcare workers died due to Covid globally, urging nations to ramp up vaccination for doctors and health workers on priority.

The British Medical Journal (BMJ) in a leading article on Monday documented the deaths of 1.15 lakh healthcare workers, in keeping with the WHO’s urgent warning “if surplus vaccines stored by wealthy countries are not quickly delivered to vulnerable health professionals abroad If so, their toll will continue to increase. Linking a health crisis to a global shortage of healthcare professionals.

The BMJ quoted Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister and WHO ambassador for global health funding, as saying: “This is a moral catastrophe of historic proportions that will shock generations to come.”

In a detailed note on vaccine disparities, the BMJ said global vaccine disparities mean that many healthcare workers in the global south have not yet received their first or second dose of a Covid vaccine, while globally the general population has had booster shots. are going. answer. “Rich countries have promised to donate vaccines to the poor, but have failed to deliver,” Health magazine quoted Brown as saying.

Data shows that on average only two in five healthcare workers are fully vaccinated, but this is less than one in 10 in the African and Western Pacific regions.

The Indian Medical Association has reported that 800 doctors have died of the virus at home. WHO health worker death estimates are based on reports from partner organizations. This estimate ranges from 80,000 to 1.8 lakh between January 2020 and May 2021.

800 Indian doctors have died of covid

jab inequality

  • In the global south, healthcare workers have yet to receive the first or second dose of a Covid vaccine
  • In the global north, booster shots are being issued for the general population

unfulfilled promise

Rich countries have promised to donate vaccines to the poor, but have failed to deliver. – Gordon Brown, WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing