Coronavirus (794) Health staff COVID-19 infection rates - by staff group and ethnicity UK report, and lessons for Global community

3 July, 2020

COVID-19 infection rates by staff group

- Porters and cleaners - 18% (58/323)

- Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists - 14.7%% (45/307)

- Nurses and healthcare assistants - 14% (543/3,886)

- Junior doctors - 12.7% (104/820)

- Senior medical staff - 7.8% (54/692)

- Administrative staff - 7.2% (86/1,196)

Higher infection rate for black, Asian and minority ethnic staff:

- Black and Asian staff had an infection rate of 17%

- Overall staff infection rate of 14.7%

- White staff 8.7%

For us the key point is each country learning from others on the need to escalate the provision of protection in everyway to ALL health workers - whether clinical or non clinical: porters, cleaners, security staff and receptionists, physiotherapists, nurses/midwives, medical doctors, community health workers, pharmacists, admin staff, etc

- ensuring the use of level one personal protective equipment for all patient contacts,

- ensuring strict social distancing and mask-wearing for patients and staff

- triaging patients according to symptoms of possible COVID-19, avoiding mixing people if the waiting rooms and staff

- reviewing cleaning procedures, by frequency and materials used, and

- maximising rapid diagnostics and laboratory capacity

- keeping regular update with rapidly changing therapeutics advisories

- etc


Joseph Ana.


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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