ADDIS ABABA – Ministry of Health says at least 65 frontline health workers have tested positive for COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by coronavirus.
Health Minister Dr. Lia Tadesse said on Wednesday that 49 health workers and 16 supporting staffs are infected with the virus.
Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern over the safety of health workers after almost 1,000 of them infected with Covid-19 across the continent.
“We know that most African countries already have a severe shortage of health care workers,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, regional director World Health Organization (WHO)
“And when our frontline workers fall ill or are absent from work, communities don’t have access to essential services like immunizations, safe deliverers and treatment for chronic and infectious diseases,” the official said.
Ethiopia confirmed its first case of Covid-19 on March 13. Since then, it has tested 120, 429 individuals and reported 1, 486 cases including 17 deaths.
Image: Frontline health workers met with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at the premises of Eka Kotebe hospital in mid-April