The Order of Doctors (OM) reported this Sunday that three more doctors died of covid-19 in the past few days, and again appealed to the Government to improve working conditions to reduce the risk of infection.
After expressing a public tribute to his colleagues, the president of OM, Miguel Guimarães, also criticizes that the vaccination plan against covid-19 in Portugal “continues to leave thousands of doctors out of this phase, harming those on the ground to save lives “.
“We live in times of great national regret, with many Portuguese losing their lives every day because of the pandemic, whether they are covid or non-covid patients, and that can never settle us”, he emphasizes in a statement, where he reiterates the tribute to colleagues and he addresses “a special word of gratitude and solidarity” to families.
The president explains that, in total, six deaths of doctors with covid-19 came to the attention of the Medical Association, but he emphasizes that only the tutelage has data at national level that allow to know effectively how many doctors died in the fight against the pandemic.
“As we have been saying since the beginning, it was very important for the Ministry of Health to publish more regularly the figures related to the impact of the pandemic on health professionals, both in terms of infections as well as deaths or recovered patients”, he reinforces.
Miguel Guimarães also calls for “more effective measures that allow health services to have less pressure and that doctors and other professionals work more safely, with more means and more protective equipment, for them and for the patients”.
According to him, “many doctors from the NHS and the private and social sector remain unvaccinated and without an explanation”.
Recalling that the OM has already warned of the impact that this can have on the lives of doctors and patients themselves, he explains that the list of doctors who are working outside the National Health Service (SNS), or in the SNS through companies providing healthcare services services, and who wanted to be vaccinated includes a total of 6,562 professionals.
Of those, he says, “not even half a hundred will have gotten the vaccine”, even though the list was made available to the Ministry of Health, either in a first survey that indicated 4,000 doctors, or with the most recent figures.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,107,903 deaths resulting from more than 98.1 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 10,194 people died from 624,469 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.
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