Hundreds of health workers treating cowardly patients around the world have carried out verbal, physical and sometimes fatal attacks during epidemics, calling for immediate action by human rights activists.
According to the UN Special Rapporteur on Health, attacks on health workers are expected to increase as new cases have caused unrest in countries such as India and vaccination programs in some countries. The series continues.
“With more stress on the code, these attacks will increase,” said Talent Mofoking. “It’s a pity. There’s already a shortage of health workers, and Many died. On top of that, we know that the developed world is collecting vaccines, we know that pharmaceutical companies do not want to share their intellectual property. We have created an artificial situation where there is even more scarcity. This will help and increase the pressure on the caregiver.
The attack was “disappointing and disappointing,” said Mofiking, a doctor himself. Violence against healthcare workers is nothing new, he said, but Coveid has complicated the situation by a lack of public leadership and a lack of investment in the public health system.
“Where governments fail, it is the health workers who have taken this action and ensure that health systems do not deteriorate,” he said. “But how long can they do it in these circumstances?”
According to the latest figures from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), 848 incidents related to Code 19 were recorded between February and December last year. That number is likely to be part of the “iceberg tip” and “a much broader trend.” Healthcare at risk Many incidents were not initially reported in the ICRC.
The ICRC’s analysis found that most of the incidents were inter-communal violence, with community groups, patients or their families sharply criticizing health care workers, sometimes There are serious consequences. Polkowski gave an example of a patient with covid symptoms in Naples, Italy, who became angry when he was told to wait and spit on a doctor and nurse. As a result, the entire ward was closed and staff were quarantined.
The reactions also became physically violent. In India and Pakistan, Cowed wards have been broken into and staff attacked. In Mexico, bleach was thrown at street health workers. The words “infectious rats” were printed on a health worker’s car in Spain, Polkowski said, and communities on the West Coast of the United States forced Covid treatment to move out of the area.
In the UK, NHS staff were pushed, patients were verbally abused. The staff asked him to wear a mask in the hospital settings, And GP surgeries reported unprecedented patient abuse and aggression.
Polkowski accused governments of allowing false information to be spread. “A lot of the trouble comes from the fact that governments haven’t talked about it clearly,” he said. “They have downplayed the seriousness, they have given priority to the economy over the health of the population, so this violence is a consequence of that.”
Polkowski said that when patients or their relatives were responsible for the violence, it was usually linked to the death of a relative, or out of fear that they might die. Failure to perform funeral rites due to coronavirus restrictions also forced some relatives to attack health care personnel or facilities.
According to Polkowski, state forces were also responsible for 20 of the quad-related attacks. In Myanmar, medical teams detained patients on their way to treat cocaine sufferers with respiratory problems, resulting in the patients dying unnecessarily, according to a country doctor named for security reasons. Can’t name.
In Nicaragua, the government repeatedly The epidemic is low In the country, according to Amnesty International. Health workers were fired for using personal protective equipment at work, and this was also forcibly taken away from them.
In response to the escalation of cowardly attacks, some countries took action. India Amended his emergency epidemic law Attacks on healthcare workers could be punishable by up to seven years in prison. Authorities in Sudan announced Establish a dedicated police force to protect healthcare workers In Algeria during an epidemic, The Penal Code was amended to increase the protection of health care workers Against attacks and punishing those who harm health facilities.
In the UK, Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill A maximum fine of 12 months to two years is proposed for anyone who attacks an emergency worker. Following the rapid rise in attacks, paramedics in England are to be given body cameras. Statistics show that last year, members of the public physically assaulted 3,569 ambulance crews – 30 percent more than in 2016-17.
For healthcare workers, the effects of violence can lead to mental health problems, haste and, in some cases, suicide, Mofikking said. He called for monitoring of violent attacks and data collection. “The needs are urgent and in some cases fatal. We need advocacy at all levels and the member states themselves need to do the right thing.”
She would also like to see an extension of it UN Security Council resolution adopted in 2016 Countries need to take cognizance of code-related incidents to prevent and respond to attacks on healthcare in conflict areas.
But, according to Leonard Robin Stein, founder and chair of Safe Guarding Health in the Conflict Alliance, he will not solve the problem on his own. As long as we not only agree to condemn the attacks and support the resolutions, but also to take practical steps towards prevention and accountability, the attacks will continue.
He added: “Health workers will always need help. They will be supported and protected, not people beating pots and pillows.
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