More than 7,000 health employees globally have succumbed to the coronavirus, together with greater than 1,300 in Mexico alone, stated the Amnesty International on Thursday.
“Every health worker has the right to be safe at work, and it is a scandal that so many are paying the ultimate price,” stated Steve Cockburn, head of financial and social justice on the London-based rights group.
“Many months into the pandemic, health workers are still dying at horrific rates in countries such as Mexico, Brazil and the USA, while the rapid spread of infections in South Africa and India show the need for all states to take action.”
At least 1,320 health employees are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in Mexico, a “staggering” value of human life, Amnesty stated.
Other hard-hit nations embody the United States with 1,077 deaths amongst health employees, the United Kingdom with 649, Brazil with 634, Russia with 631 and India with 573.
Even these figures are prone to be “a significant underestimate,” as deaths could not have been formally registered in lots of nations, Amnesty stated.
Mexico, which has one of many world’s highest total fatality tolls from the coronavirus, has saved an in depth file of health employee deaths which can partly clarify its excessive determine, Amnesty stated.
The Latin American nation has reported 97,632 confirmed instances of Covid-19 amongst health employees, amongst a complete of greater than 610,000.
“There have been reports that hospital cleaners in Mexico are especially vulnerable to infection,” Amnesty stated, noting that outsourcing means such employees have much less safety.
The Mexican authorities has acknowledged that the health system has suffered from a long time of neglect however says it’s working to enhance requirements.
The nation of 128.eight million has formally registered greater than 65,000 deaths from the coronavirus, out of a complete of greater than 860,000 worldwide.
In nations together with India, Brazil and South Africa, health employees have complained about shortages of non-public protecting tools and broader working situations, Amnesty stated.
“Throughout the pandemic governments have hailed health workers as heroes, but this rings hollow when so many workers are dying from a lack of basic protection,” Cockburn stated.