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Coronavirus Updates: WHO warns against shortage of protective gear for medical staff

Widespread blackmarketing and hoarding of medical equipments are causing shortages threatening the lives of health workers engaged in containing the coronavirus epidemic. the risk to healthcare workers around the world is real, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director- general, cautioned.

GENEVA, Mar 3: The World Health Organisation has warned that panic buying, hoarding and misuse are causing shortage of supplies of protective gear like masks, goggles, sanitisers, gloves and surgical gowns for medical staff, putting their lives at risk in the fight against coronavirus.

“Without secure supply chains, the risk to healthcare workers around the world is real. Industry and governments must act quickly to boost supply, ease export restrictions and put measures in place to stop speculation and hoarding. We can’t stop COVID-19 without protecting health workers first,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in a statement.

People have been snapping up protective gloves, medical masks, respirators, goggles, face shields, gowns and aprons as the COVID-19 outbreak has spread. Prices of some items have skyrocketed sixfold, the WHO said.

“Supplies can take months to deliver and market manipulation is widespread, with stocks frequently sold to the highest bidder. WHO has so far shipped nearly half a million sets of personal protective equipment to 47 countries, but supplies are rapidly depleting,” it said.





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