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Doctors and nurses especially hard hit by virus

Ecuador’s health care professionals are paying a high price for their frontline service in the fight against Covid-19. According the Ministry of Health, more than 1,600 of the country’s doctors and nurses, or 44 percent of all confirmed cases, have tested positive for the virus.

Medical professionals are at especially high risk for the Covid-19 infection.

“These are very troubling numbers but they aren’t unexpected,” says Vice Minister of Health Ernesto Carrasco. “Worldwide, about 30 percent of all confirmed cases are among medical workers and those performing this work understand the risks and sacrifices involved.”

Former president of Ecuador’s Medical Federation Alberto Narváez agrees that the numbers are not out of line with those from other countries but says Ecuadorian health workers face a greater shortage of personal protective gear than their counterparts in Europe and North America. “The supply situation has improved over the last week but the equipment problem remains and it is worrying not just for the workers but for those who require treatment. The vast majority of the nurses and doctors infected are returning to work after a two-week quarantine but this still causes a medical labor shortage,” he says.

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On a WhatsApp group page for medical professionals, several doctors said the 44 percent number is too high. “Medical workers have much greater access to testing than the general public so it is understandable that the percentage is higher,” a Quito doctor posted. “If we had the widespread testing that we need, I think the number would be closer to 25 percent.”

3 thoughts on “Doctors and nurses especially hard hit by virus

  1. In this particular pandemic, medical professionals carry a high load of virus working in direct pt care in the hospital environment with so many ill pts. We know this pathogen is especially virulent and highly contagious. For these reasons it seems to me to be an inevitable price paid by many medical professionals and paraprofessionals in the hospital setting —unheard of in the modern industrialized world, I suspect –and a terrible price to pay by itself. Wearing PPE is not easy or comfortable to work in all day long, the work is overwhelming — but not to have enough clean and ready protections against this virus is criminal IMO. We need
    to cheer and clap each night or have another ritual to thank and encourage these workers in hospitals in this city. Where are the people appreciating these workers?

    1. Keep in mind that pt, PPE, IMO do not translate when someone wants to read this in Spanish or another language especially if they are not fluent in English.

  2. UPDATE 6th April … The sister in law went home from hospital the day after taking the tablet, my wife’s son took one tablet and within a day had lost the chest pain and shortness of breath and a nurse friend of the sister in law also has had the same result today … 3 out of 3. Doctors in Canada are now looking at doing trials of the drug.

    A few days ago …

    I don’t want to cause false hope but the aussie papers yesterday were talking about an anti parasite drug to stop coronavirus so we were desperate. we managed to buy a bunch of that Ivermin 6mg anti parasitic drug and got someone with a safe conduct pass to take one pack to Mercedes’s sister in the Machala hospital. she was weak and on a ventilator before with no sense of smell or taste … now she is hungry and has her taste back and is speaking much better … and no ventilator. maybe tomorrow they will do another scan of her lungs. the one from yesterday was really bad.

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