Medical workers in developing countries accused of bringing coronavirus

While health care workers in many cities around the world have been showered with nightly praise for their heroism during the coronavirus pandemic, doctors and nurses in less developed countries have become subjects of scorn amid worries that they are spreading COVID-19.

Medical workers in Egypt, India, the Philippines and Mexico have even come under attack for their work helping patients exposed to the contagion, the Associated Press reported. In places with limited healthcare facilities, medical workers are seen as sources of COVID-19.

In central India, a group of five health care workers, dressed in protective clothing, were assaulted by a mob hurling stones at them and shouting insults, according to the AP. In Egypt, one doctor had to call the police after a group of neighbors gathered outside her apartment building to denounce her for spreading the virus.

“Now more than ever, we need to recognize the importance of investing in our health workforce and take concrete actions that guarantee their well-being and safety,” said Ahmed al-Mandhari, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean in a virtual news conference last week.

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