Some 191 doctors have died in Algeria from the Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, according to the Syndicate of Public Health Practitioners (SNPSP).
“We have recorded the deaths of 191 doctors due to Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, 240 deaths of professionals in the sector and more than 17,000 contaminated professionals,” said the president of the SNPSP, Dr. Lyes Merabet quoted by the newspaper ” Freedom “.
He added that no less than 46 health professionals have died of Covid in the past month, noting that such a situation is not without consequences on the morale of white coats.
“Healing has become synonymous with suffering. The stress linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has been raging for more than a year and a half, has generated in a large part of health professionals a burnout or a state of long-term professional exhaustion ”, indicated for for his part, Prof. Belkacem Bioud, chief physician of the pediatrics department of the Saâdna-Mohamed Abdennour CHU in Sétif.
He explained that this is why healthcare professionals most often talk about sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, irritability, anxiety and the anxiety of going to the hospital every morning.
And to add: “When we note that the corporation has lost around forty practitioners lately with a workload which is increasing, we easily understand that some are considering leaving public structures”.
“This is why we must ask ourselves if we are really able to preserve and protect both caregivers – in the broadest sense of the term – as well as those being treated”, he continued.
Algeria is suffering a major wave of Covid-19 which has overwhelmed health establishments. The situation is such that it is very difficult to find medicinal oxygen to take care of thousands of patients in difficulty because of the spread of the Delta variant.
The Institut Pasteur in Algeria has indicated that this variant, which is much more contagious, represented, as of July 15, 71% of Covid-19 cases in circulation in the country and that it could exceed 90% in the coming weeks. .
Hospitals are experiencing a huge influx of sick people and are facing an oxygen shortage that has been fatal to many hospital patients.
In Algeria, which recorded 4,370 deaths from the coronavirus, the rate of contamination exploded in the space of a month, from 449 cases on July 1 to 1,537 cases on July 29.