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Doctors Protest Naked Over Lack Of Protective Equipment

German doctors protest naked over shortage of PPE | Image: Blanke Bedenken

A group of German doctors have posed naked to protest a shortage of protective masks and gowns needed by frontline workers in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

The group which called its protest Blanke Bedenken, or Naked Qualms posted on their websites photos of apparently nude people, some of whom are partially obscured by medical equipment, paperwork and other props, including stethoscopes, anatomical skeletons and even toilet rolls.

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The doctors said they felt at risk from coronavirus and claimed their calls for help over several months had gone unheeded.

“We are your GPs. To be able to treat you safely, we need protective gear. When we run out of the little we have, we look like this,” the Blanke Bedenken says in a statement on their website.

“We are all vulnerable. Medical practices need more support from politics,” the group added.

They said their protest was inspired by Alain Colombie, a French doctor who last month posted nude pictures of himself to protest the lack of protective equipment.

A spokesman for Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health told CNN in a statement that;

“Due to worldwide rapid rise of Covid-19 infection numbers the demand for medical supplies, such as gloves, breathing masks, protective clothing and ventilators, increased. This led to worldwide supply shortages.”

Around the world, healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19 have lamented the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In Nigeria, a health worker at one of the isolation centres in Ibadan, Oyo State, told The Punch that they are being forced to buy their own protective gear because the government has yet to provide for them adequately.

“They gave us hand sanitisers but they are not the alcohol-based ones. We had to buy hand sanitisers on our own as well as the PPE because if we wait for the government to do so, we might wait till eternity and we don’t want to take that risk,” the health worker says.

Also, a doctor at one of the hospitals in Lagos laments they are being overworked without any commensurate welfare package, in addition to the shortage of protective gear.

“If at this stage we are complaining of a shortage of medical equipment, I wonder what would happen if we had thousands of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria,” he says.

As of 29 April 2020, more than 3.13 million cases have been reported across 185 countries and territories, resulting in more than 217,000 deaths. More than 937,000 people have recovered.

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