World Health Organisation, says no fewer than 10,000 health workers in the 40 countries battling coronavirus pandemic in Africa are infected.
The organisations Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, stated this in a statement posted on its website on Friday.
The UN health agency, which warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa, added that this is a huge challenge to medical staff on the frontlines of the outbreak face.
Some countries are approaching a critical number of infections that can place stress on health systems and South Africa is now among the worst-hit countries in the world.
This has very real consequences for the individuals who work in them, and there is no more sobering example of this than the rising number of health worker infections.
In Africa, information on health worker infections is still limited, but preliminary data states that they make up more than five per cent of cases in 14 countries in sub-Saharan Africa alone.
In addition, the statement noted that health workers would also be exposed to patients who do not show signs of the disease and were in the health facilities for a range of other services.