Official statistics on coronavirus cases in Africa give the impression that the African continent has avoided the worst pandemics. However, in continents where most deaths are not officially registered and many countries struggle to vaccinate their people, the majority of cases of coronavirus (estimated to be 6 out of 7) are undetected. , Said Dr. Machidiso Moetti, director of Africa. who.
At a press conference on Thursday, Dr. Moetti said the WHO estimated that about 59 million people in Africa had been infected with the coronavirus between the beginning of the pandemic and October 10. ..
“It’s time to continue the attack on Covid-19, work with the community to break the chain of infections and stop the outbreak of a wider outbreak,” said Dr. Moeti.
WHO’s analysis was derived from a coronavirus calculator developed by Resolve to Save Lives, a global public health organization specializing in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and epidemics. According to a WHO statement, the coronavirus calculator estimates infection based on reported cases and deaths, and “infection lethality based on population-based studies.”
Africa remains the continent with the lowest vaccination rates. According to the WHO, almost half of African countries vaccinated with Covid-19 are fully vaccinated with less than 2% of the population.
According to Dr. Moeti, the tests available are limited, many African communities are “flying blindly”, and asymptomatic people are unaware of the virus and infect it.
She has announced a community-based initiative to enhance coronavirus testing in eight countries: Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Senegal and Zambia to control the infection. This initiative includes a widespread use of antigen detection, a relatively inexpensive type of test that gives results in about 15 minutes, and a “ring-based” strategy of voluntary testing for all who live within 100 meters of a positive case. It is included.
Dr. Moetti said coronavirus cases appear to be “declining or flat” in most African countries, although some countries, such as Angola, Gabon and Cameroon, are still reporting an increase. In Rwanda, which had one of the strictest blockades on the continent, the bar closed for 18 months and then resumed normal operations in late September.
Some African countries are also working on the outbreak of other infectious diseases, including the deadly Ebola virus. Côte d’Ivoire confirmed the first case of Ebola in almost 30 years in August, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has reported two fatal cases of Ebola ever since, Dr. Moetti said. In Guinea, it happened earlier this year.