Australian Health Care Workers Plead to ‘Not Be Abused’ After Nurse Punched In the Face While Wearing Uniform

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Health care employees in Australia have just lately launched an announcement pleading to “not be abused” following an incident the place a nurse was punched within the face whereas sporting her nursing uniform.

“Please respect all nurses, midwives and other health workers as they go about their important work and also when they are traveling to and from work,” [New South Wales] Nurses and Midwives Association (NSW) General Secretary Brett Holmes mentioned in an announcement. “Please do not treat nurses, midwives and other health workers like they are infectious. These trained professionals should be respected and must not be abused, spat on or assaulted as they move through our communities, to and from their workplaces.”

The assertion by the affiliation comes just some days after an off-duty nurse was verbally abused, coughed on and punched within the face by one other lady. According to Internewscast.com, the nurse was in a retailer in Sydney, Australia when she was confronted by an older lady as she was leaving. The aged lady is accused of intentionally coughing within the nurse’s path and verbally abused her. She then reportedly punched the nurse twice within the face and fled from the shop.

The nurse reported the incident to the native police, who’re nonetheless looking for the opposite lady.

This will not be the one incident the place somebody purposely coughing on one other particular person amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to new.com.au, a grocery store employee in New South Wales, Australia was purposely coughed on after she tried imposing social distancing insurance policies within the retailer.

Following the coronavirus-related violent incidents, New South Wales Police and Emergency Services Minister David Elliot launched an announcement urging folks to cease, “this kind of dangerous behavior.”

“It’s potentially putting the lives of workers and their families at risk,” he added. “This isn’t a time to practice poor hygiene habits. For a disgusting act like this, you can find yourself charged with common assault and jailed for up to two years.”

In addition to the coronavirus-related violence, within the assertion launched by the NSW, they word that they’ve skilled incidents of individuals stealing “vital resources from hospital wards.”

“Unfortunately, we’ve heard of many instances where community members have been stealing bottles of hand sanitiser [sic], face masks, and other vital resources from hospital wards, leaving nurses and other hospital staff exposed. This is not acceptable behavior,” the assertion reads.

Australian Health Care Workers Plead to 'Not Be Abused' After Nurse Punched In the Face While Wearing Uniform
Health employees conduct assessments on the COVID-19 testing centre within the Reactivating the Repat Hospital on March 11, 2020 in Adelaide, Australia. Tracey Nearmy/Getty

The novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory illness COVID-19, originated in Wuhan, China however has continued to unfold the world over. According to a tracker supplied by Johns Hopkins University, there are over 491,600 confirmed instances worldwide and not less than 22,169 deaths associated to the virus. In Australia, there are over 2,800 confirmed coronavirus instances and 13 deaths.

On the opposite hand, in line with the tracker, 172 folks have recovered from the virus in Australia and over 118,000 have recovered throughout the globe.