Iraq virus spike risks pushing strained doctors over the edge

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Published June 30, 2020, 12:02 PM

By Agence France-Presse

Unpaid salaries, mask shortages, threats from patients’ families — doctors across Iraq are cracking under such conditions, just as they face a long-feared spike in coronavirus cases.

Authorities and health workers across Iraq have long decried the state of the country’s dilapidated hospitals. (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We’re collapsing,” said Mohammed, a doctor at a COVID-19 ward in Baghdad who declined to use his full name so he could speak freely.

“I just can’t work anymore. I can’t even focus on the cases or the patients,” he said, speaking to AFP at the end of a 48-hour shift.

Iraq has officially registered more than 47,000 coronavirus cases, with doctors increasingly infected.

“I personally know 16 doctors who

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