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Medical doctor Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar returns to medicine to help fight coronavirus with one shift a week Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 24, 2021

Medical doctor Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has rejoined Ireland’s medical registry to work one shift a week to help with the coronavirus response, the Irish Times has reported.

Varadkar, who was general practitioner, or a medical doctor who is trained to provide primary healthcare to patients of either sex and any age, worked for seven years before leaving the profession for politics.

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Irish Times said he will be conducting patient assessments over the phone, while working for the Health Service Executive, which is responsible for providing health and personal social services to everyone living in the country.

The report said Varadkar’s mother was a nurse, and his partner, his two sisters and their husbands all work in the medical field.

Last month, Health Service Executive (HSE) called on all health care professionals not working in the medical field to reregister to help with the crisis. Around 50,000 people applied in less than three days.

At least 137 people have died from the coronavirus in Ireland from more than 4,600 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Axios reported that “The stress that the coronavirus pandemic is placing on medical resources has prompted communities around the world to call on volunteers to supplement the work of health care professionals.”

The publication said “In the U.K., 405,000 people volunteered to help the National Health Service fight the outbreak in less than 24 hours after the government put out a request. In New York, the epicenter of the crisis in the U.S., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he’s counting on 85,000 volunteers, including 22,000 from out of state, to assist with the growing number of patients. More than 6,000 mental health professionals are also volunteering to provide free services in New York.”

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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