The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Thursday that Africa, which has been hit by a new rise in cases of Govt-19 cases, is not ready to face a third wave of the epidemic as vaccine supplies are almost cut off. Health (WHO).
“Many hospitals and clinics in Africa are not prepared to drastically increase the number of ill patientss ”, WHO Regional Director Dr. Matshidiso Moetti warned at an online press conference.The threat of a third wave is real and growing“.
According to the WHO, Africa officially has more than 4.8 million cases and 130,000 deaths, or 2.9% of all cases and 3.7% of all deaths.
According to a survey conducted by the organization in May, the essential health equipment and personnel needed to care for critically ill Kovit-19 patients are pathetically inadequate in many countries of the African continent.
In 23 countries, most have an intensive care unit bed of 100,000 people, with only a third of them having mechanical ventilators. By comparison, countries like Germany or the United States have more than 25 beds per 100,000 people.
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“Treatment is the last line of protection against this virus, and it can not fall.“, Underlined Dr. Moyti, calls for the best ready-made hospital and medical staff.
In recent weeks, pollution on the continent has increased. South Africa, officially the most affected country on the continent, has tightened health controls, now with more than 1.6 million cases for 56,439 deaths.
In Uganda, the number of cases has increased by 131% in a week, especially as outbreaks of epidemics in schools and cases among health workers have increased. Angola and Namibia are also seeing a resurgence.
At the same time, the WHO says the continent is facing a shortage of vaccines and deliveries are almost stagnant on the continent, which expects new arrivals through the Kovacs device in the coming months, especially with the upcoming announcement of a 80 million dose.
To date, only 2% of Africans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while 24% of the world’s population has been vaccinated. Six countries have not yet been vaccinated, four in Africa: Tanzania, Burundi, Chad and Eritrea.