COVID-19 Pushes Africa To Back Of The Queue In Accessing Essential Health Services Says WHO

THE prevailing COVIND-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities to accessing health care services for low and middle income countries with the biggest impact being felt in African countries, the World Health Organisation  (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has said. By Staff Reporter In her World Health Day 2021 address, Dr Moeti said African countries have been pushed to the back of the queue in terms of accessingCOVID–19 test kits, personal protective equipment as well as vaccines. This World Health Day, WHO is calling on everyone to participate…

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Africa to get 220 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

THE World Health Organization (WHO) has said that once a Covid-19 vaccine is approved, Africa will get at least 220 million initial doses. The first batch will prioritise front-line healthcare workers and vulnerable groups, according to the WHO Africa Program Area Manager Richard Mihigo. He said distribution will be based on the population of each country. Mr Mihigo said all 54 countries had expressed interest in a Covid-19 vaccine. Africa has a population of more than 1.3 billion people. The global vaccine initiative, called COVAX, intends to help purchase and…

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After COVID-19, what will Africa look like in 2030 and 2063?

THE COVID-19 pandemic, one of the world’s most significant events, has resulted in cessation of economic activities that will lead to a significant decline in GDP, an unprecedented social disruption, and the loss of millions of jobs. According to estimates by the African Development Bank, the contraction of the region’s economies will cost Sub-Saharan Africa between $35 billion and $100 billion due to an output decline and a steep fall in commodity prices, especially the crash of oil prices. By Professor Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka More fundamentally, the pandemic has brutally exposed…

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