And a few days later the coronavirus epidemic will set foot in the third year. The virus has changed its form more than once in the last two years, killing more than half a crore people. Nurses, one of the leading fighters in the field, had to face a difficult challenge. According to the World Health Organization, at least 115,000 nurses have died in the Corona epidemic so far. Many have had to quit their jobs due to various crises. As a result, the number of nurses around the world is declining.
The International Council of Nurses said on Friday (December 10th) that there was a serious imbalance in the number of nurses in the world today. There are fewer nurses in poorer countries than in the rich. On top of that, western countries are recruiting health workers from underdeveloped countries in different parts of the world including Africa.
Howard Caton, chief executive of the Geneva-based group, said the coronavirus epidemic had left many nurses devastated and that the number of people willing to leave had doubled to 20-30 percent in one year. It seems we are on the brink of extinction … If this trend continues, then emigration may be in full swing.
The International Council of Nurses represents more than 28 million nurses from 130 nursing organizations around the world. “I think governments need to think about launching life support packages for their nurses and healthcare workers next year,” he said.
He said that there was a shortage of 6 million nurses in the world before the epidemic, on top of which about 475 thousand nurses will retire in the next few years.
The number of nurses in rich countries is about 10 times higher than in poor countries in terms of population. Even then, they are hiring foreign workers in their own hospitals. In this case, the Philippines and India send the most nurses abroad.
Moreover, the World Health Organization estimates that the death toll in Corona is about one million, which is estimated to double. In this situation, Omicron coronavirus, which has spread to about 70 countries, has created new concerns.