Underappreciated role of nurses during pandemic


Prof. Hasnat Alamgir's most recent op-ed concerns the plight of Bangladeshi nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the pressures and stresses familiar to readers in high-incomecountries, he notes the special problems in Bangladesh: "There are cultural, organizational, and economic factors that work as barriers to ensuring nurses' health, safety, and well-being.... Nurses are at additional risk at their workplace arising from patient overload, under-staffing, the poor ratio of support staff and nurses, the poor ratio of doctors and nurses, meagre supply of and accessibility to assistive or supportive equipment and tools, unhygienic working conditions, long working hours, harassment and abuse by owners or supervisors, doctors, colleagues, and patients and their relatives."

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