In Brazil, health workers are at the forefront of a coronavirus pandemic in more ways than one, treating patients but also voluntarily testing some of the most promising experimental vaccines.
Brazil is the country with the second highest number of infections and deaths in this pandemic, after the United States, and the virus is still spreading rapidly here.
That is bad news in everything except one: it makes the South American country the ideal testing ground for a potential vaccine against the virus.
The work of guinea pigs falls to medical staff who work in facilities that treat patients infected with the virus, because they are most likely to make contact with them, allowing researchers to conduct controlled trials to see how well they work.
“I want to contribute, and this is my contribution – through science,” said pediatrician Monica Levi, one of 5,000 volunteers in Brazil who helped test one of the most promising vaccines so far, developed by Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.
Levi, 53, works at the Special Infectious Disease Clinic and Parasites and Immunizations (Cedipi) in Sao Paulo, the epicenter of the outbreak in Brazil, where more than 2.5 million people have been infected so far, with more than 90,000 deaths.
“Vaccination is my reason. So I have to follow up on my beliefs,” he told AFP.
Last week, Brazil also became the first country to conduct a phase 3 trial of the Chinese vaccine CoronaVac, which was developed by the pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.
Phase 3 clinical trials involve large scale testing in humans, the final step before the vaccine seeks regulatory approval.
Medical workers play a major role in testing the vaccine as well.
“They chose health care professionals because we are always at risk,” Levi said.
Volunteers must be between 18 and 55 years of age, work in patient care roles and not have an underlying medical condition.
Half of the volunteers in the Oxford trial received the vaccine and the other half used a placebo.
But they will only know years from now.
Levi was shot on July 21, and had a headache and cold on the first day, he said.
“But I don’t even know if they gave me a vaccine or a placebo,” he added.
While he waited to find out – and to find out if the vaccine was the way out of a pandemic expected by the whole world – he went to a routine check where the researchers monitored his health.
Scientists around the world are racing to develop and test vaccines for the virus. There are more than 150 projects so far.
But there is no guarantee in a high-risk race.
Brazil has an agreement to make up to 100 million doses of the Oxford vaccine if it proves effective.
But if not, said Levi, “everything will become rubbish.”
Indian health workers protest discrimination and wages for COVID-19 treatment; Western Australian caterers and cleaners strike on offshore gas platforms
Worker Struggle: Asia and Australia
July 25, 2020
India: Protests by Karnataka contract health workers
Nearly 600 health contract workers from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore showed Monday against workplace bias and poor facilities. Health workers alleged that they did not get treatment at the hospital if any of them contracted COVID-19 while working at the facility. However, workers remain hospitalized if infected with a virus.
Contract health workers also complained that some of those who could not get transportation to the campus hospital during the locking of the coronavirus were prohibited from joining the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan health insurance scheme 500,000 rupees. About 40 health workers at Victoria Hospital also protested on Monday demanding to be included in the health insurance scheme.
The doctor at the Karnataka government hospital resigned
About 2,000 AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) contract doctors at the Karnataka government-run hospital resigned on July 16 because of long-standing demands for permanent employment, salary increases, social security, and the provision of personal protective equipment that has not yet been fulfilled.
Their resignation followed the threat a week earlier to take stronger action if the government continued to ignore their demands. The doctors returned to work after the government committed to raising their salaries.
City sanitation workers in Odisha go on strike for unpaid salaries
Seventy contract workers contracted from Jagatsinghpur City in Odisha went on strike on July 18 for not paying their salaries. Workers claim they have not been paid 280-rupees ($ 3.7) of their daily wages for the past two months.
They also said that they had done all their work during the coronavirus pandemic, without a day off, but were not given gloves, masks or sanitizers by the municipal agency.
In response to the strike, a city official assured the workers that their salaries would be paid on the fifth of the month and that this month’s wages were given on July 20th. After this guarantee the strikers returned to work.
Tamil Nadu ammunition factory workers protest discrimination
Workers at the Cordite Factory in Aruvankadu, Tamil Nadu demonstrated outside the factory on July 17 to defend their right to speak Tamil at the facility. The protest erupted after a manager allegedly asked employees not to speak in Tamil when he was approached with concern over the COVID-19 issue.
The protest was organized by the Cordite Factory Labor Union, the National Employees Union, and the Defense Factory Trade Union. There are 1,700 workers in the government regulation factory.
Bihar health workers go on strike because of COVID-19 discrimination and unpaid wages
Nurses and sanitation workers from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Patna came out on July 18 for two months with unpaid salaries and opposed health care discrimination. AIIMS Patna is one of four specialized COVID-19 treatment hospitals in the state of Bihar.
Strike workers and other staff alleged that they and their family members had been barred from receiving treatment at AIIMS Patna, despite having worked day and night since the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to the media, the hospital has become the center for economically better COVID-19 patients in the past week, with “general” people being denied entry if infected. The press claims that most of the isolation rooms and ICU with ventilator facilities have been occupied by leaders, ministers and legislators of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), as well as judges and businessmen.
Telangana contract nurses are demanding salary increases
Contracted nurses from the government-run Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS) in Hyderabad protested outside the director’s office on July 17 to demand a wage increase.
In 2012, around 450 contract nurses were employed as interns in hospitals with a monthly salary of 9,000 rupees. Sometimes management last year ensured nurses’ salaries would increase to 25,000 rupees for those with less than five years experience and 30,000 rupees for those who were more than five years old.
Nurses, however, are currently only paid 17,000 rupees (US $ 227), far below what the hospital authorities promised, without decisions made at several board meetings on this issue.
Hyderabad doctors go on strike to demand new hospital infrastructure
Doctors and interns at the state-owned Osmania General Hospital in Hyderabad began a limited strike on Monday to sue for a new hospital building. Members of the Government Physicians Association decide to stop working for one hour every morning – from 9.30 to 10.30 – until their request is granted.
Doctors said the main building, more than a century old, was damaged and rain last week had left the building flooded with knee-high water and patients were left sitting helplessly in their beds.
Bangladeshi workers protest unpaid wages and loss of jobs
Workers organized by the Bangladesh Apparel Solidarity Workers’ Union, Workers’ Union Fronts, Workers’ Union, and the Dhaka Taxi Car Driver Union demonstrated in Dhaka on Tuesday to demand Idul Fitri holiday allowances and unpaid wages and in protest against layoffs and layoffs. They demanded that the factory owner and the factory pay an unpaid amount before 25 July.
Demonstrations followed a similar protest outside the National Press Club on July 17 over the same issue.
Bangladeshi sugar factory workers and farmers demand late payments
Workers from the government-run Rangpur Sugar Factory broke down on Monday and demonstrated at the railroad tracks in Mohimaganj, Rangpur district, demanding an extraordinary four-month salary. They joined the sugar cane farmers from the mill zone in the Gaibandha district who demanded late payments from the mill.
Sri Lanka: Public health watchdog strikes over COVID-19 infection procedures
Around 2,000 Public Health Inspectors (PHI) started a national strike on July 17 in protest against the government’s failure to implement adequate legal procedures to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Their strike erupted after the Sri Lankan health minister described the health inspector’s work as “harassment of people.”
The inspectors also criticized the government for not seeing health care guidelines or giving adequate legal authority to the PHI to carry out the COVID-19 pandemic procedures.
The Public Health Watch Association has claimed that the work of its members is severely limited by the lack of proper legal authority. The union said PHI was carrying out all the basic activities related to pandemic control but the government openly violated health regulations in a public campaign ahead of elections scheduled for August 5.
Western Australia: Food and beverage providers breaking down on offshore LNG platforms
Food providers, cleaners and chefs working on the giant Shell Prelude offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) giant platform in northern Western Australia began industrial action this week in their dispute over a new company agreement. Workers stop working between 4am and 7am and between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday and prohibit making bread, preparing hot food, laundry and other services.
The workers are employed by Sodexo, a food service and facility management company headquartered in Paris. The company employs more than 60 workers on five LNG platforms in northern Australia. The Prelude floating platform is owned by Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS and Inpex, and is managed by Shell.
The Offshore Alliance, a coalition between the Australian Maritime Union and the Australian Trade Union (AWU), claims that Sodexo has agreed to a new employment agreement but Shell Australia’s management has pressured the contractor to abandon the agreement.
The current agreement, which expires in October 2017, pays an annual salary of $ 85,000 to $ 95,000. AWU wants a salary increase of up to $ 25,000 to bring their members in line with most other offshore employees. The union has now resumed claims to between 6 and 10 percent.
According to AWU, Sodexo in the initial negotiations wanted to be able to force chefs and caterers in offshore facilities to work extra five weeks each year without additional wages, effective salary cuts of 20 percent.
India: More than 40,000 Karnataka health workers started strikes throughout the state that were not limited; Pakistani doctors protest and Sri Lankan nurses demand overtime pay
Worker Struggle: Asia and Australia
July 18, 2020
India: Karnataka health workers start strikes across the state indefinitely
Around 42,000 accredited Social Health Accreditation (ASHA) workers in the state of Karnataka began an indefinite strike on July 10 to demand a fixed salary of 12,000 rupees (US $ 160) per month and permanent employment. ASHA workers are currently only paid a salary of 4,000 rupees by the state government.
ASHA workers claim that technical problems continue to prevent them from entering their work activity data into the government computer payment system, which results in inadequate or non-existent wages. In January, striking ASHA workers returned to work after the state government mistakenly assured them that the authorities would consider their demands.
Strike ASHA workers have threatened to expand their actions to mass resignations if their demands are not granted.
Meanwhile, AYUSH contract doctors (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) also threatened to resign if the authorities failed to increase their salaries and make their jobs permanent.
Ghandi Hospital workers in Telangana held a joint protest
About 800 contract workers, including sanitation workers, security guards and patient care officers, demonstrated outside the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on Tuesday to demand permanent employment and increase wages. It was part of a three day protest by workers demanding better working conditions and improved facilities. The police arrested a number of demonstrators, then released them at night.
The government-run Gandhi Hospital is the main center in Hyderabad for those infected with COVID-19. Around 200 nurses continued their protest which began on July 11, inside the hospital. They demand that the government honor previous commitments to increase their salary levels.
Bihar ambulance workers attacked the police to attack his colleagues
Members of 102 Ambulance Association in Samastipur, Bihar state left work on July 11 to protest alleged police beating two ambulance employees who were transporting a patient to the hospital. The reason for the police attack has not been reported.
Ambulance workers demonstrate at the hospital and present a memorandum about the police attack to the Health Committee. They said they would continue to strike indefinitely until action was taken against police officers.
Attacked soybean processing workers in Andhra Pradesh fired
About 92 contract workers who went on strike from the Ruchi Soya Industries factory in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh were dismissed on Wednesday. They have been on strike for seven days demanding payment of an extraordinary four-year bonus, an increase in the minimum wage, payment of social security, state employment insurance benefits and company compliance with labor laws at the factory. They have protested outside the electoral area and processing factory.
The workers are contracted by Sudhakar Industrial Services and part of a 350-strong workforce at the facility.
Haryana’s car worker protested the dismissal
Workers from several automotive manufacturing units at the Manesar-Gurgaon industrial center in Haryana state, demonstrated outside the deputy commissioner’s office on Thursday against the sacking of thousands of employees. The protesters alleged that car companies used COVID-19 locking and economic slowdown to dismiss workers and cut wages.
More than 10 unions and 100 representatives presented memorandums calling for action against nine different manufacturing units.
The protesters accuse labor department officials of cooperating with companies and management who have not paid wage settlement or agreed repairs before locking.
Tamil Nadu public sector workers protest in Madurai
Tamil Nadu government officials demonstrated outside the Madurai Collectorate on Tuesday on several charges. This includes the provision of proper bus transportation to the villages and cities of origin of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Tamil Nadu Government Employees Association demand that workers who surrender to COVID-19 be compensated and all frontline workers are given personal protective equipment (PPE).
Demonstrators also called on the government to withdraw its decision to freeze Dearness Allowance (DA) until July 2021, cancel the agreement to pay for 15 days of paid leave and prohibit workers from taking vacations during the pandemic. Panchayat’s assistants (local government), librarians, money workers, and other employees on a wage-based time scale also demand periodic payment of their wages.
Pakistani doctors protest in Islamabad
Doctors from the government-run Institute of Medical Sciences of Pakistan (PIMS) in Islamabad on Monday protested to demand immediate payment of risk benefits and salary increases announced in September 2019. The Young Doctors Association (YDA) ignored threats by hospital administrators who were “decisive action” “Will be taken against doctors who protest.
The doctor’s protest was the latest in a series by PIMS medical staff and included actions by nursing students for non-payment of benefits and for the provision of personal protective equipment. According to one media report, 200 workers in the hospital had been infected with COVID-19 and three died of a deadly disease.
YDA later canceled the protest claiming that officials from the Ministry of Health agreed to address their problem.
Sri Lanka: Nurses at Kandy hospital demand overtime pay
About 300 nurses from the 2,300-bed Kandy General Hospital in Central Sri Lanka, demonstrated outside the facility on Monday to demand overtime payments according to the agreed-upon payment scale for the pandemic period. Nurses say that they have worked four to eight additional hours but have not been paid according to salary levels.
The Kandy nurse protest is the latest in a series of struggles launched by nurses in many parts of Sri Lanka against canceling overtime pay and leave paid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 2,000 garment workers from the Dipta Clothing factory in the Shampur region of Savar, Bangladesh, protested outside their factory on Sunday demanding unpaid salaries for June and the reopening of the factory. They blocked the local road for several hours.
Factory management announced a three-day factory closure on July 1, blaming the decline in orders but later announced that the closure was not limited, claiming electricity had been cut off to the factory.
Workers also demanded extraordinary bonus payments and July Eid holiday benefits. The workers are members of the Bangladesh Garments and the Shilpa Sramik Federation and the National Garment Workers Federation.
Bangladeshi university teacher protested the dismissal and extraordinary salary
Teachers from several private universities in Bangladesh have protested by filing a complaint with the University Grants Commission for their termination and not paying salaries.
The teachers said that the university authorities had taken full tuition fees from students for online classes but only paid a portion of the employees from their salary during the locking of COVID-19 in March or not at all. Some universities fired teachers during the COVID-19 crisis, claiming bankruptcy due to fewer student admissions.
Tasmanian tree trimmer workers locked
Nine workers from A1 Trees Services, a tree pruning company in Tasmania, were locked up by management on Tuesday in a dispute over their first company agreement. The lockout was in response to a low-level work ban imposed by members of the Electricity Trade Union (ETU).
Police were called to the picket line of workers outside the company depot in Devonport on Wednesday morning after the owner of the company drove his vehicle to the picket, injuring two workers and injuring one of them.
According to a union spokesman, workers are only paid a flat rate below the minimum reward level without compensation or penalty payments. He alleges that workers owe hundreds of dollars for underpaid wages. Workers want to pay parity and rights with other workers in the industry and compensation for past underpayments.
Chemical Warehouse distribution workers refused to enter the Melbourne facility due to COVID-19 infection
Workers at the Chemical Warehouse Distribution Center in Somerton, Melbourne refused to enter the site on July 10 after learning that a colleague tested positive for COVID-19. According to the United Workers Union (UWU) infected workers and five others have gone into exile, although there is a possibility that up to 100 staff working in the same shift can make contact with confirmed cases.
While the Chemical Warehouse management demanded that work be continued as usual, workers insisted that facilities be closed for cleaning. Management also stated that employees who refused to work exercised their own rights, forced casual employees and others with limited rights to choose between supporting their family finances or jeopardizing their health.
The union has demanded that all workers at the site be given pandemic leave until they can get a negative COVID test and that the facility is closed for 72 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Although this issue is a matter of occupational health and safety at work, the union has not taken industrial action despite complaining that the company has provided very few details about the accuracy of the cleaning process.
The painful story of Italian frontline nurses is reported throughout the world.
A nurse who is a symbol of the Italian fight corona virus after her story was reported by international media in April saying that being able to hug her child again after two months was like “rebirth”.
Pasqualina Conte, a frontline nurse at the S. Carlo hospital in Milan, has been afraid to go near her nine-year-old son Andrea for two months, for fear of infecting her with covid-19.
Andrea’s father left them when she was a three month old baby, Pasqualina said. When the Italian corona virus emergency began, he planned to send his son to his grandparents in the city of Lavello in the southern Basilicata region.
But in the meantime Italy is locked and travel is prohibited. Pasqualina and her son remained in Milan throughout the darkest days of the 19th emergency.
As the situation in Italy intensified, with Lombardy the epicenter, Pasqualina decided to keep as much distance as possible from her son, despite repeatedly testing the virus negatively.
Pasqualina’s greatest desire every time he returned home after a traumatic change in the hospital was to be able to embrace his son but he refused, for his sake.
At the beginning of the crisis, Andrea was angry with her mother but eventually she changed her mind, telling AP reporters: “I am proud of her, I am very proud. He is in the front line. “
On July 17, Andrea joined her mother in Lavello where the mayor presented Pasqualina with a citizenship award at a public ceremony at the town hall, the Italian newspaper reported Republic.
Pasqualina received recognition on behalf of all health professionals in Italy and paid special respect to the “community power” who rushed to her side during an emergency, helping her support Andrea by “giving her hugs and kisses that I could not give her.”
India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose dismissal; Telangana private school teachers hold demonstrations throughout the state
Worker Struggle: Asia, Australia and New Zealand
July 11, 2020
India: Airport workers in Kerala oppose dismissal
Hundreds of workers employed as freelance workers by SATS Air India (AISATS) at Trivandrum airport in the state of Kerala held a two-day strike on July 3 and demonstrated at the facility to oppose the dismissal of 100 land crews.
The company has more than 900 employees at the airport, which includes 200 managerial staff. Other workers have also been dismissed.
The strike was called by the Trivandrum Casual Workers Confederation and was joined by workers from the Trivandrum Airport Contract Workers Union and other unions affiliated with the Indian Trade Union Center and the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC). The union has asked the management of AISATS to reduce wages during coronavirus locking rather than impose layoffs.
Telangana private school teachers hold demonstrations throughout the state
The Telangana Private Teachers Association (TPTF) held a statewide protest in Telangana on July 5 to demand salary assistance from the government during the locking of the coronavirus. They urged the state government to provide 15,000 rupees (US $ 200) to each private school teacher and to reopen the schools.
A TPTF spokesperson alleged that private schools did not follow government orders to pay salaries as long as COVID-19 was locked up. He claims that around 300,000 private school teachers and their families face difficulties. A memorandum with their demands was submitted to the government.
Newly recruited nurses at Ghandi Hospital in Hyderabad protested
Nurses protested the lack of clarity about their work at Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. The recruits said they were confused about the uncertainty about their placement.
The nurses initially applied for jobs at TIMS Hospital but were told that vacancies were filled and that they had to report for assignments at Gandhi Hospital. However, when they report, they are not given a certificate of employment, joining a letter or accommodation.
They also claim that the terms of their employment contracts have changed. They were initially told that their work would be contractual but, at Gandhi Hospital, nurses were told that they would be outsourced.
Nurses and other workers at the North New Delhi hospital are demanding wages
Nurses and non-medical staff at the government-run Kasturba Hospital, which has 600 beds in New Delhi, held a two-hour demonstration on Monday for the payment of unpaid salaries. The hospital is managed by the City of North Delhi Corporation and is the largest maternity hospital in the city that employs 140 doctors, 140 nurses, and nearly 40 paramedics. They haven’t been paid for three months while local doctors haven’t been paid since April. The protest was temporarily suspended after the authorities committed to paying salaries within a few days.
Earlier, paramedical staff and doctors at Hindu Rao Hospital, another North Delhi Company medical facility (MCD), dropped out due to late salary payments. Several other North Delhi MCD employees, including teachers, contractors and retirees, have not been paid for several months.
Bangladesh medical lab technologists demand jobs and salary increases
Hundreds of medical technology from government laboratories held a two-hour sit-out protest outside Sasthwa Bhadan in Mohakhali in Dhaka on Sunday demanding that entry-level salaries be raised to level 10 on the national salary scale and the elimination of non-compliance prevents permanent employment. They joined the unemployed technology that demanded recruitment for 20,000 technologies.
The Bangladesh Medical Technology Association also called for government work for young people who have passed the age limit for recruitment, a separate council for technology education and a temporary end to the appointment of medical technology.
The association said the group of government health professionals was very short of medical technology. While the World Health Organization says there must be five medical technologies for one doctor, there are only 5,000 medical technologies in Bangladesh per 30,000 doctors at the government level.
Bangladesh gas field workers strike for festival bonuses
About 50 workers from the government-owned Bangladesh Gas Field Company (BGFC) demonstrated outside the company’s headquarters in Birasar in Brahmanbaria on July 2 to ask management to reverse its decision to cancel the Eid al-Adha bonus and annual salary increase. The Bangladesh Gas Field Workers’ Union said that if management reversed its decision within four days, he would call for strikes on seven BGFC gas fields.
Cambodian garment workers protest in Phnom Penh
About 50 garment workers from the Hana (Cambodia) 1 factory in the Por Senchey district demonstrated outside the prime minister’s residence in Phnom Penh on Wednesday demanding help to obtain extraordinary compensation and damage payments. Their factory closed on June 23 without paying legal rights to workers. Workers said previous talks with government officials and management failed to resolve this issue.
Since the coronavirus pandemic has hit Cambodia, 400 garment factories, footwear and travel goods have been closed, leaving 150,000 unemployed.
Australia and New Zealand
Offshore oil and gas unions apply for strike votes
The Australian Workers Union (AWU), which includes 60 caterers, cleaners and cooks working in five offshore Shell liquefied natural gas (LNG) platforms in Western Australia, has submitted an application to the Fair Work Commission for permission to strike on strike in their longstanding dispute. for a new company agreement (EA). The workers are employed by Sodexo, a food service and facility management company headquartered in Paris.
This dispute centers on the large Prelude floating platform, which is owned by Royal Dutch Shell, KOGAS and Inpex, and managed by Shell. The Offshore Alliance (coalition between AWU and the Australian Maritime Union) accused Shell of using a stand-over tactic on workers and Sodexo after an agreement in principle was reached but then collapsed. The union accused Shell of illegally intervening in the negotiations. The strike by Sodexo workers will affect production on all Shell offshore platforms.
Jetstar workers at Newcastle Airport oppose terminal closure
Jetstar airport workers protested at a media conference in Newcastle on Wednesday which called on airlines and their parent company Qantas to reverse their decision to reduce jobs and workplaces at Newcastle Airport, north of Sydney. Jetstar plans to close its Newcastle Cabin Crew base and Maintenance Base at Newcastle Airport, as part of the massive layoffs announced by their parent company Qantas. The Transportation Workers Union (TWU) claims that more than 200 jobs will be lost.
Jetstar has been operating at Newcastle airport for 16 years. A TWU spokesman said workers were given two weeks’ notice but there had been no other support from the company since then. TWU has not organized a mass campaign to save jobs and instead called on the federal government to provide special ‘flight guard’ benefits for aviation workers.
Public transport workers in Melbourne ask for masks for passengers
Transport workers who operate Melbourne trams and buses have asked their union, Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), to pressure the state government to ask for a face mask to be provided for all passengers.
While RTBU claims on its Facebook site that it “has been advocating masks from day one,” and “encouraging anything that will make members safer, and reducing risks to the traveling public,” he has not called for action on workers. Request.
The claim is a matter of Health and Safety that is clear and allows workers to “legally” strike and take other actions under Australia’s repressive industrial relations laws.
New Zealand general practice nurses stop working
About 3,400 nurses, administrators and receptionists in general practice throughout New Zealand will stop working for two hours on July 23. Nurses, members of the New Zealand Nurses Organization (NZNO), protested in the wage gap between themselves and their colleagues in public. hospital.
Some nurses employed by the District Health Council (DHB), which manages hospitals in the country, can earn as much as $ 7,500 more a year than those who work in medical centers, while possessing the same skills and level of experience.
The NZNO negotiations for a Multi-Employment Cooperation Agreement (MECA) with the NZ Medical Association and Green Cross Health, which represents employers, have reached a deadlock. Employers claim they want to fulfill the demand for payment of parity, but the Labor-led government has not provided sufficient funds. The main concern for doctors is the shortage of nursing staff, partly due to low wages.
Nurse practice disputes have followed a series of strikes over the past two years by hospital workers, nurses, doctors, midwives and specialists, against low salaries and inadequate staff. The national general hospital nurses’ strike in 2018 was sold out by NZNO, which reached an agreement for a meager 3 percent salary increase and negligible increase in hospital staff.
With hundreds of people contracting coronavirus infections and dozens of deaths every day in Karachi, and due to the unavailability of beds in Karachi’s care facilities, it is feared there will be an exponential increase in the number of deaths due to viral infections. It’s time for a health emergency to be announced in Sindh, the Islamic Medical Association of Pakistan (PIMA) and other medical associations said on Wednesday.
Expressing concern over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the province, especially in Karachi and the unavailability of beds in treatment wards in the city, PIMA officials said most of the HDU and ICU in all public and private hospitals were overcrowded. for capacity and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of COVID-19 treatment facilities in Sindh, especially in Karachi.
“Both Sindh and the federal government and national and provincial disaster management authorities lied about the availability of beds and ventilators for COVID-19 patients. The actual situation is that there are no beds in 8-10 leading health facilities in both the public and private sectors, “said Prof. Dr. Sohail Akhtar, former president of PIMA and a senior pulmonologist in the country, while speaking at a press conference at the Karachi Press Club.
Accompanied by another former PIMA president, Dr. Misbah-ul-Aziz, office manager Dr Atif Hafeez, Karachi PIMA President Dr. Muhammad Azeem, senior ENT specialist Dr. Shuja Farrukh, Secretary General of the TWO Foundation Dr. Fayyaz Alam and others, Prof. Sohail Akhtar COVID- The situation is out of control very quickly in Pakistan, and over the past five weeks, the number of cases and deaths has doubled in Pakistan. Doctors and other health experts, including Prof. Jalal Akbar, Dr. Zeeshan Hussain Ansari, Dr. Kashif Shazlee, were also present at the occasion.
“Five weeks ago, at the start of the holy month of Ramazan, the number of COVID-19 cases was only 12,500 and there were only 269 deaths in this country. Now the number of cases has reached 80,000 with 1,600 deaths. If this trend continues and no steps are taken to break the chain, we fear an exponential growth in the number of cases and deaths in the coming weeks while we are not ready to face this disaster, “added Prof. Akhtar.
By sharing data on health facilities in Karachi, he said there were no beds available at the HUD and ICU at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC), OJha DUHS campus, Karachi Indus Hospital, Karachi Civil Hospital, Aga Khan Hospital, Hospital National Liaquat, and several other health facilities in the city, said there was an urgent need to increase the capacity of COVID-19 treatment rooms in the city and other cities in the province.
Criticizing the management of the Expo Center field isolation center, Prof. Akhtar said the 550-bed isolation center has only 75 patients without symptoms at present, but does not take patients even with mild symptoms, which makes it unused because the hospital is filled with patients and there is no available space for critically ill COVID-19 patients in the city.
He also expressed concern over the increasing incidence of violence against health workers as well as the increasing incidence of coronavirus infections among health care providers, saying the security situation in hospitals has worsened to the level where doctors think to boycott health services but have decided otherwise in the greater interests of patient. He demanded the government to immediately provide security to health care providers.
Former PIMA president and senior eye specialist Dr. Misbahul Aziz said the government must ensure the implementation of strict SOPs in public places and make the use of masks mandatory for everyone. He added that the government must also ensure the safety and security of hospitals and hospitals, including doctors, nurses and paramedics.
“We also demand to provide beds for health professionals affected by COVID-19 at leading health facilities in the city. There are no special facilities. The capacity of the hospital needs to be increased with a war footing. Make sure PG and residents get a bonus equivalent to that given to government employees by the university / relevant authority, “added Prof. Misbah
Prof. Dr. Atif Hafeez, former president of PIMA Karachi, said because no one knew about the situation in the hospital where COVID-19 patients were treated, the authorities had to make a dashboard on the bed and the availability of public ventilators because nothing had been done so far even though there were a promise from the Sindh government.
“We also demand the holding of talk shows in the electronic media to forcibly refute the myths and conspiracy theories about COVID-19. The government must also ensure uninterrupted supply of PPE kits to medical personnel at every level. Doctors still face many challenges in accessing protective equipment. “
DUA Foundation Secretary General Dr. Fayyaz Alam said their organization in collaboration with PIMA and YDA was doing the best level to make this available, and so far the PPE kit worth Rs10 million has been distributed.
The PIMA office bearer also demanded the government to immediately build a special COVID hospital because it is being carried out in other countries to meet the increasing number of patients and to anticipate the second wave of 19 COVID patients. They requested that the government utilize the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) for this purpose and also inform the exact status of the announced NIPA hospital.
There are claims from doctors in Italy that Covid-19 coronavirus might lose potential in Italy. But as most horror films might teach you, don’t assume that the threat has subsided until you are truly, positively, truly convinced that it happened.
This Reuters The video covered this claim by Dr. Alberto Zangrillo, who is the head of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, Italy:
As Reuters report indicatedZangrillo said that “in reality, the virus clinically no longer exists in Italy,” and that “the swabs carried out over the past 10 days showed a quantitative viral load that was really very small compared to what was done a month or two months ago. “Hmm,” clinically no more, “is a pretty bold claim. Did he check everyone in Italy for symptoms or viruses to confirm this statement? That will require a lot of swabs.
The WHO response to Zangrillo’s comments is the same as saying “what?” Just listen to what Mike Ryan, MD, MPH, Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Health Program at a press conference today:
As you can see, Ryan warns that “we must be very careful that we do not create the feeling that suddenly the virus has decided to become less pathogenic. That’s not the problem at all. “He stressed that the Covid-19 coronavirus is still a” killer virus. ”
Viruses such as Covid-19 coronavirus are not like Viagra. They do not automatically lose potential over time. Yes, there is a possibility that a less dangerous version of the virus could appear and eventually become more common than the initial version. There is also the possibility of “uh-oh” that a more dangerous version can appear. Both of these possibilities tend not to occur overnight.
Can moving closer to Summer potentially cause a decrease in virus activity? Of course, if Coona-19 coronavirus transmission shows the same type of seasonal fluctuation as the flu virus. I discussed this possibility before Forbes. It is still unclear whether this will happen. However, before making a bold statement about losing potential viruses, as they say with science and whiskey, you must have enough evidence.
This type of evidence only arises after extensive testing and supervision from time to time and in many locations. Testing in one hospital or even several hospitals over a ten day period will not tell you the whole story. It’s like going to Pizza Hut and using your visit there to make conclusions about pizza in general. Remember, not all pizzas are filled with cheese. Likewise, the number of viruses in swab testing at a hospital or even a group of hospitals does not always represent what is happening throughout the country.
Instead, you have to get a large enough sample over a long period of time to really understand what’s happening throughout the country and ensure that it’s not just a momentary decline. Extension of time means more than 10 days, which is still less than what might be the virus incubation period. For example, what if the virus spreads more among people who are less fortunate or more socially isolated who may not have ready access to health care and thus do not need to be seen by a doctor?
Also, keep in mind that Italy has indeed closed everything for a while with aggressive social distancing measures. So all of those efforts might reduce the transmission of the virus at least a little. Will the reopening of society in Italy lead to a bad sequel to what was a bad first installment, a kind of film Growing Up 2 after the first one Adult film? Can the sequel come in Autumn? It’s too early to say.
The situation in Italy is indeed bearable. More real scientific evidence is needed and reviewed by colleagues before concluding something new about the potential of the virus. Even if some changes occur in Italy, that doesn’t always mean that the same thing will eventually happen elsewhere. What happened in Italy could still remain in Italy.
LAHORE – The medical association has observed that a pandemic has exposed the country’s fragile health care system.
Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Monday, Professor Muhammad Afzal Mian, President of the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA), Dr. Ashraf Nizami, President (PMA) of Lahore, Dr. Tariq Mian, President of the Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP) and Dr. Shoaib Khan Niazi, Senior Vice President of the Punjab Young Doctors Association (YDA), observed that all medical associations were very concerned about the increasing number of corona virus patients throughout the country.
They added that currently, the number of patients in Pakistan has reached 70,000 while the number of deaths has reached 1,500, while in the first Ramadan, the numbers were 12,500 and 269, respectively.
The existing health facilities in Pakistan are certainly not sufficient to deal with the rapid spread of corona, they said, adding, “It is important for the government to not only improve these facilities on an emergency basis but also to formulate a coherent and systematic strategy for long-term training. short technical staff to operate this facility effectively.
Regarding the current situation, the doctor’s association requests the following from the federal and provincial governments.
Because the facilities available for the treatment of coronavirus patients in government hospitals throughout the country are inadequate, there is a need to improve them on a war footing. In addition, effective measures must be taken in all hospitals to ensure the safety of doctors and paramedical staff in view of the increasing incidence of violence against health workers.
The bodies of people who die from corona can be turned over to their relatives after taking a number of precautions.
The Central Government and Punjab must play their role in this matter.
In light of the guidelines and suggestions for burial, the new SOP implemented in Sindh must be replicated throughout the country to reduce public unrest and anger over burial.
It can also prevent misunderstandings, misinformation and baseless information about corona.
The government must make public awareness campaigns more effective. Make mask use outside the home mandatory and hold representatives from each class and organization responsible for not implementing SOPs in their respective sectors and communities.
Due to lack of information and lack of proper guidance from the government, the burden of patients coming from small cities to big cities including Karachi and Lahore increased, which caused a lack of facilities. The government must provide the best health care facilities to patients in the closest place and require private hospitals to provide corona treatment facilities in cities where the patient burden is high. Hospitals, including the Al-Khidmat Hospital, where the government offered care to Corona patients, must also be used.
They show that with a rapidly developing disease; there has also been a sharp increase in hospital violence across the country. Doctors and paramedical staff work day and night to save patients’ lives at the risk of not only their own lives but also the lives of their families, so it is the government’s responsibility to ensure their safety in every possible way. The medical association, therefore, urges the federal government and all provinces not only to provide adequate safety equipment for all health care workers but also to deploy law enforcement agents to protect medical personnel in all hospitals that treat corona. Rioters in hospitals and perpetrators of violence against health workers must be prosecuted under the Terrorism Act and sentenced as soon as possible so that no one dares to do it again.
The doctor’s association demands that in the case of illness, all health workers must be given the best facilities in the hospital so that those who care for patients do not have to go from house to house for self-care. Announced financial incentives for all health workers must also be implemented.
The government must timely and effectively curb misleading propaganda circulating on social media, block all websites and social media posts that mislead the public and harass health care workers and consequently cause them mental and physical abuse. Also, everyone involved in spreading negative and misleading propaganda must be severely punished regardless of their class, group or institution.
In the midst of this mushrooming pandemic, no stone must be left unturned to reduce transmission and save lives
Medics who work tirelessly on the front lines to treat Covid-19 patients continue to fall prey to the transmission itself. This happens all over the world, not only in Pakistan. Carrying the burden of care for infected patients, doctors and paramedical staff, out of necessity, come in close contact with the bed that is ridden to provide medicine and tend to their other needs. This puts health care providers in grave danger, especially when protective equipment to protect them from danger is very limited.
Also working at a private hospital in Lahore, a female doctor who was only in her 20s died on Friday after being tested positive for a new corona virus. According to the Punjab health department, Dr. Sana Fatima treated Covid-19 patients at Fatima Memorial Hospital. He was treated at the Doctor’s Hospital and Medical Center on May 20 after testing positive for the virus and developing symptoms of a related disease – Covid-19. He died early Friday after his condition worsened, the department said. Fatima is also a resident at Chughtai Lab, Lahore, and is survived by a husband and a daughter.
On the same day, three other doctors also lost the fight against the disease. A senior psychiatrist Dr. Naeem Akhtar from Gujranwala, Doctor Khanzada in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Bolan Quetta Medical Complex Doctor, Zubair Ahmed are other victims of Covid-19. Reports that appeared in the media showed dozens of medical staff at Faisalabad’s state-run hospital had contracted the virus and put it in quarantine. Earlier this month, another doctor – a recent graduate from Quaid-i-Azam Medical College in Bahawalpur – had died of a virus in Rawalpindi just days before he could begin his professional career with home work.
Also on Friday, Punjab reported the highest number of deaths one day so far at 29, the health ministry said, adding that the majority of cases were reported in the provincial capital, Lahore. The province has reported a total of 22,964 cases since the virus first appeared in Pakistan on February 26. This virus has claimed the lives of 17 health workers. In the midst of this mushrooming pandemic, no stone must be left to be missed to reduce transmission and save lives.
LAHORE: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) is concerned about the increasing number of doctor deaths in the country due to the corona virus.
In a press statement on Friday, PMA (Central) Secretary General Dr. SM Qaisar Sajjad said that in the past 24 hours, two doctors, Dr. Sana Fatima from Lahore and Dr. Zubair Ahmed from Quetta, died of the corona virus. A few days ago Dr. Naeem Agha died in Quetta due to the corona virus.
He said all doctors were frontline soldiers in the fight against coronavirus. “We are sorry for the sad deaths of doctors. Being a frontline soldier, doctors are most often affected by coronavirus. Positive cases of coronavirus in doctors are increasing rapidly.
They went to isolation which caused a shortage of doctors, “said PMA office officials. “Doctor protection is a very serious problem and we are continuing to improve our voice for it. We have written letters to the prime minister and the chief minister. Unfortunately, there are deficiencies because which doctors suffer, “he said.
Now, after the lockdown, almost every trade and business is opened and in this case Covid-19 cases and the number of deaths is increasing day by day. With the increasing number of patients, the government must improve facilities in hospitals.
The number of trained staff, beds, ventilators, C-pap and Bi-pap must be increased in all corona-designated hospitals. The carrier of the office of the Pakistan Medical Association said, “The situation is getting worse day by day for health workers, so we once again call on all authorities to take appropriate steps to protect frontline soldiers.”
The government, doctors, political parties and religious parties must play their part in creating awareness in the community to adopt all preventive measures needed to avoid the corona virus, he said.