30 of Chadâ€™s 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases are medical staff, the National Order of Doctors of Chad said in a statement, Monday.
The statement also denounced a lack of personal protective equipment for the countryâ€™s medical personnel.
â€œLaboratory workers, nurses, trainees and five doctors have been contaminated by the virus. In all, about 30 members of the nursing staff are infected,â€ the president of the union, Dionadji Mbaiguinam told AFP on the phone.
â€œThe medical staff are not equipped as they should be. It is through negligence that some have been infected, notably because of the lack of protective equipment and training,â€ he added.
Chadâ€™s health ministry had not yet reacted by early Monday evening, when contacted by AFP.
Ranked among the poorest countries in the world, Chad had, according to a last count made public on Friday, 117 people infected with the new coronavirus, including 10 deaths.
The government has imposed a curfew on its territory but has not yet established a containment zone.
The wearing of masks is recommended in public spaces but not mandatory.