THE Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has always provided and backed their workers throughout the region and made the plea for governments to ensure that the healthcare workers never lacked the relevant supplies.

Acknowledging that the days ahead were going to be rough as a result of the escalation of COVID-19 cases and deaths over the last two weeks, Director of PAHO Dr. Carissa F. Etienne told governments that they needed to respond just as quickly as the virus has spread.

“The situation will get worse before it gets better, therefore all of us need to be prepared for more difficult weeks ahead,” she stated.

Dr. Etienne highlighted the commitment of PAHO to the healthcare workers to supply and protect them. She also raised the point that being on the direct frontline, it was imperative that the safety of the workers be prioritised because if the workforce becomes ill, health services will be heavily impacted.

“When a healthcare worker gets sick, it takes a toll on them and their families and it also impacts the abilities of our health services to cope and respond under pressure. A pandemic like COVID-19 would overwhelm any health system, but its impact on those without sufficient healthcare workers will be devastating,” said Dr. Etienne.


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