Covid-19: The Role of Welfare and Safety of Health Workers in Combating the Outbreak

Publication Date: 17/05/2020

Author(s): Samuel Ayobami Fasogbon, Samuel Chijioke Nnorom, Loveth Onotse Fasogbon, Ahmed Oladimeji Adebayo, Ibukun Akinsola Omisakin, Tolulope Samuel Ogunjimi, Godwin Omeri Okoro, Dayo Ebenezer Adediwura.

Volume/Issue: Volume 3 , Issue 2 (2020)


At the conclusion of year 2019, a novel coronavirus was distinguished as the cause of a cluster of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city within the Hubei Area of China. It quickly spread, coming about in a scourge all through China, taken after by an expanding number of cases in other nations all through the world. The name, Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was assigned to the virus that causes COVID-19. Understanding of the transmission risk is inadequate. The COVID-19 outbreak has been seen to have huge toll on the physical, mental, and feeling on the world’s public health workforce. Health workers are at the front line of the COVID-19 outbreak reaction and as such are uncovered to dangers that put them at chance of contamination. It is of significance to avoid the spread of this illness, by executing work environment assurances for front line healthcare workers whose proficient obligation is to protect patients. The tall rate of diseases among healthcare staff universally could be a genuine concern since workers who are infected must remain absent from work for at least 14 days, depleting the already exhausted workforce. The chaos of coronavirus underscores the challenge that public health workers face in prioritizing their own wellness in the face of limited resources, the confront of restricted assets, regularly brutal hours, and apparently perpetual requests on their transfer speed. It would be a public health fiasco if huge numbers of health workers get debilitated or are isolated. COVID-19 is a novel disease that is not yet fully understood and therefore the need for enforcement of critical safety measures, provision of adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), and update safety trainings for health workers. Health workers are expected to take maximum precautions to prevent getting infected. Guaranteeing protection and satisfactory welfare for the health workers with the incorporation of insurance cover in case of accidental loss of life on account of contracting COVID-19 are exceptionally basic in combatting the outbreak.

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