PAHO director calls for protection of health workers in the Caribbean

April 08, 2020
Dr. Carissa F. Etienne

WASHINGTON, Apr. 8  CMC – The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has urged countries in the region to protect health care workers by ensuring that they have access to personal protective equipment and supplies needed to care for patients affected by COVID-19.

The plea was made by PAHO’s  Dominican born Director,  Dr. Carissa Etienne who was speaking during a press briefing on Tuesday. 

“Shortages of the most basic protective equipment leave doctors, nurses and other frontline workers dangerously vulnerable as they care for COVID-19 patients.”

“Limited supplies of gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles and gowns can lead to a wave of preventable infections among health workers,” she added.

“Countries must work together to ensure that supply chains are able to deliver protective equipment to the hospitals and health centers who need it most. Solidarity and coordination among countries will be essential to ensure we make the most of the limited supplies available,” Etienne continued. 

“Our health workers deserve our recognition, our praise and our gratitude,” she said. “Above all, they deserve to be able to protect themselves while they do their jobs.

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