IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

04/07/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/07/2020 05:59

World Health Day 2020: Thanks to Nurses for Supporting IAEA's Mission

The IAEA, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is offering its support and expertise to help countries use real time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (real time RT-PCR), one of the most accurate scientific methods for detecting, tracking, and studying viruses, including the coronavirus. We provide diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived detection techniques to the over 100 countries asking for assistance.

Nurses are involved in all stages of emergency management, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Proper training and protection are needed to keep them safe and healthy. The earlier the viruses are identified and analysed, the earlier one can halt the spread of the disease.

'As COVID-19 continues to spread, the people that comprise our best defence to contain and mitigate this epidemic also face the highest risk of becoming infected themselves: health care workers who are dealing each and every day with possibly infected patients,' said May Abdel-Wahab, Director of the IAEA Division of Human Health. 'It is therefore important to support, manage, and protect these individuals - which include not just physicians but also nurses, emergency responders, and all staff interacting with patients.'

In this matter, an IAEA webinar on 'COVID-19 - Challenges for nuclear medicine departments', in which nuclear medicine physicians from around the world share their best practices in various aspects of their work, such as rotation policy, use of personal protection equipment, disinfection of scanners, is available online.