Health care worker demands at Al-Sheher Hospital include more personal protection equipment, a 24-hour lockdown in the small coastal town and transferring the patient to a quarantine facility in Al-Mukalla city
Hospital staff monitoring Yemen’s first COVID-19 patient demand stricter safety measures
Workers in Al-Sheher Hospital, the site of Yemen’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, organized a protest Sunday morning to demand more personal protection equipment (PPE), training on how to deal with COVID-19, and testing for everyone who has been in contact with the patient.
Health care workers also called on the authorities to extend the nightly 10-hour curfew, in place from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m., into a 24-hour lockdown to help stop the spread of the virus.
Additionally, the workers called on authorities to launch an awareness campaign about the importance of social distancing and the dangers of the virus, while requesting that the infected patient be transferred to a hospital set up for quarantine in Al-Mukalla city, the capital of Hadhramout governorate.
The Ministry of Health office in Hadhramout announced that a hospital designated entirely to treating COVID-19 patients will be opened in the Falk area on Monday.