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Mexico leads in health worker deaths from virus

Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 3, 2020
More than 570,000 healthcare workers have fallen ill from the coronavirus in the Americas, of whom 2,500 have died, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne said at a media briefing.
Director Carissa Etienne
Mexico   Director Carissa Etienne
Mexico, where the death toll from the pandemic is the fourth highest worldwide behind the US, Brazil and India, has the highest number of infections of healthcare workers in Latin America, with one in seven infected.

Topics: Mexico

As of Aug. 23, more than 97,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the country among health workers, of which 60% were women.

Nurses accounted for 42% of those infected, doctors made up 27% and other hospital employees such as technicians, aides and maintenance and cleaning staff accounted for 31%.

Etienne said the reason healthcare workers are especially vulnerable to coronavirus is that at the beginning of the pandemic, they took care of patients without the proper personal protective equipment and training.

Mexico’s Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said in July that many of the nurses and doctors who died of the virus had pre-existing medical conditions and that some did not use protective gear in “optimal fashion.”

Health professionals in Mexico have held many protests over a lack of adequate personal protective equipment.


 

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