WHO publishes new safety programmes for health workers

In the first 18 months of the pandemic, around 1,15,500 health workers died due to Covid

In order to provide relief to the health workers, the World Health Organization has published a new guide on developing and implementing stronger occupational health and safety programmes for the health workers. Later the International Labour Organization also followed the WHO suite. 
The World Health organization had earlier called on governments and health care leaders to address persistent threats to the health and safety health workers and patients. 
Healthcare professionals have been a strong backbone of society. Their dedicated services towards mankind have saved many lives but in contrast to that the health care workers fall victim to many health issues like infections, musculoskeletal disorders and several injuries during their lifetimes. Some even fall prey to workplace violence, harassment, burnout and allergies due to poor working environments.
It was mentioned that WHO and ILO will continue to provide guidance and assistance to countries to develop and implement occupational health and safety programmes for health workers
Since the last two years, Covid has caused a jerk in the lives of all the health workers starting from the doctors to the nurses and the ward workers. Records reveal that in the first 18 months of the pandemic, around 1,15,500 health workers died due to Covid.
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The World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization have unitedly recommended developing and implementing a sustainable program for managing occupational health and safety for health workers at the national, sub-national and health facility levels. This program will include all occupational hazards like infectious, ergonomic, physical, chemical and psycho-social. It emphasizes on continuous investment, training, monitoring and collaboration are essential for sustaining progress in implementing the programs.
It was mentioned that WHO and ILO will continue to provide guidance and assistance to countries to develop and implement occupational health and safety programmes for health workers.



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