COVID-19: Experience in epidemics helps Africa – WHO

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WORLD Health Organisation (WHO) has given reason why Africa has been able to manage COVID-19 against the odds.

  The body said that the continent has hitherto dealt with several diseases and performed well.

  Since the outbreak of the pandemic, there have been discussions about how Africa has been able to relatively contain coronavirus.

  Analysts have cited inadequate medical equipment, health facilities and compared the same with other continents that boast of better systems.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, stated this at an online briefing yesterday where he hailed Africa for having only 1.5 percent of the world’s reported cases and less than 0.1 percent of deaths.

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  “Africa is the least-affected region globally in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported to WHO. The continent has been spared the scale of outbreaks we have seen in other regions.

The early set-up of a leaders’ coalition was key to rapidly accelerating COVID-19 preparedness efforts and issuing comprehensive control measures, because they garnered a great deal of experience from tackling infectious diseases like polio, measles, Ebola, yellow fever, influenza and many more,” Ghebreyesus said.

He further commended the rapid response by the African Union (UN), headed by South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa.

  Meanwhile, WHO said it has suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as potential treatment for coronavirus.

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