The total number of doctors infected with covid-19 in Ecuador is 1,521. It represents 61.6% of the 2,469 positive cases among health personnel, including doctors , nurses , assistants , obstetricians , dentists and psychologists . The latest data published by the Ministry of Health is from Tuesday, April 28, 2020.
Then there are the nurses and auxiliaries, with 542 and 254 infected, respectively. While there are 66 obstetricians , 51 dentists and 35 psychologists who tested positive for the new coronavirus strain.
The document also presents figures for confirmed and probable deceased. In the first group there are 21 professionals, with doctors heading this number. And in the second group there are four.
In recent days, health unions have demanded the provision of biosecurity equipment for health workers. Yesterday, Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the Single National Trade Union Organization of the Ministry of Health (Osuntramsa) held a sit-in outside the Eugenio Espejo Hospital in Quito . His goal was to request these suits.
The Pichincha Medical College and the Ecuadorian Society of Pneumology , Pichincha nucleus , also ruled on the matter. The first union, for example, supported the work of their colleagues. “Even our colleagues are victims of threats and harassment for demanding their right to personal and peer safety.”
While the Ecuadorian Society of Pneumology , Pichincha nucleus , expressed: “our complete support for the medical class that is currently on the front line of battle, facing this pandemic in a special way to our fellow pulmonologists from different institutions in the country ” In addition, they expressed solidarity with those families who lost one of their loved ones.
The National Government , on several occasions, has commented that the provision and supply of biosafety suits is guaranteed . In addition, they have opted for the recruitment of doctors in health units, mainly in Guayas . The largest number of infections are concentrated in this province.
In the last report , presented on the morning of this Wednesday, April 29, 2020, it is observed that, of the 16 145 positive cases, 10 417 are in the coastal town, confirmed through PCR tests . The total figure (PCR and rapid) is 24,675.