Report: COVID-19 pandemic fueled hundreds of attacks on health workers around the world

Report: COVID-19 pandemic fueled hundreds of attacks on health workers around the world

Two Nigerian nurses were attacked by the family of a patient who died from COVID-19. A nurse had her hair pulled out and suffered a fracture. The second was beaten into a coma.

Following the assaults, nurses at the Federal Medical Center in the southwestern town of Owo stopped treating patients, demanding that the hospital improve. security. Almost two weeks passed before they returned to work with armed guards on duty around the clock.

“We don’t give birth. It is God who gives life. We only care about ourselves or we manage, ”said Francis Ajibola, a local leader of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria.

The attack in Nigeria early last month was just one of many attacks on health workers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report released by Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more 1,100 threats or acts of violence…

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