2020.04.07 12:00

Lithuania's medical workers demand better protection from coronavirus

BNS 2020.04.07 12:00

Lithuanian medical workers' organisations have called on the country's leaders to do more to protect medics dealing with the coronavirus epidemic, as the virus is spreading among them at an alarming rate.

“Considering that there are many infected medics in Lithuania, we have to recognise that protective measures for medics are not sufficient,” the address published on Tuesday reads.

As of Monday, 111 medical workers in Lithuania had been diagnosed with Covid-19, out of over 800 infections confirmed in the country.

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The letter, signed by 12 medical organisations and addressed to President Gitanas Nausėda and Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis, states that health workers need to be better supplied with personal protective equipment as well as ordinary protective gear and clean medical clothing.

“All personnel who have contact with patients at medical care institutions must be supplied with clean medical clothing that should be worn the whole working day, put on before work and removed after work, and their amounts and sizes should meet the real need not only during the pandemic time, but also before and after it,” the statement reads.

Research in other countries shows that some Covid–19 infections are asymptomatic or atypical, the statement notes, which further contributes to the spread of the virus and makes identifying infected people more difficult.

Therefore, all medical workers, and not just those caring directly for coronavirus patients, should be supplied with protective gear, according to the statement.