Although Europe has registered coronavirus cases more than in Africa, it does not mean that the continent has a good health system. Egypt was the first country to confirm the first case on the continent, and in two months the virus appears to be in almost every nation.
On the continent of 54 countries with over 1.2 billion inhabitants, only two countries, Comoros and Lesotho, have not yet registered any coronavirus cases.
On April 20, the confirmed death toll from coronaviruses on the continent was 1131. This included famous figures such as former President of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi and Somali Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein.
According to Worldometers, over 24,200 cases and over 6,400 recoveries have been confirmed on this continent. And experts have warned that the fragile healthcare system on the continent may be overwhelmed by the increasing number of new cases. Most countries on the continent do not have enough ventilators, PPE or medical personnel to cope with the severe outbreak of this highly infectious respiratory disease COVID-19.
Healthcare across the continent is already underfunded and poorly equipped. In addition, the continent is still struggling with civil wars, severe climate changes such as drought and heavy rainfall that cause flooding. On the same continent, over 18 million people live as refugees in camps. In such a case, it may be impossible to take social distancing and handwashing measures.
There is also mistrust between the government and its people. This has made it difficult to adopt guidelines.
In such a state, bans can be another death sentence.
However, the coronavirus is not economical or does not understand the situation in Africa. It is already spreading like a storm and this is now worrying officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and various humanitarian groups that the continent could lead to a massive escalation.
It is predicted that after the continent’s climax, it will not be easy to recover. In addition, the impact on both disease burden and economic impact will be worse than on any other continent in the world.
Emma Naylor-Ngugi, the East, central and southern regional director for humanitarian aid organization (CARE), believes that no country on the continent can sustain the virus. The statement can make sense since even the superpowers like the United States fight the virus with the highest registered cases and deaths.
The many concerns relate to predicting what will happen if this virus hits some of the most crowded cities or underserved refugee camps on the continent.
The health care system is already under strain as a large population is now struggling with malnutrition, tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, cancer, and cholera.
To make matters worse, the healthcare system has been relying on the help of the superpowers, who are now facing an economic struggle in the midst of the coronavirus. And if these cases skyrocket as the rich nations begin to recover from their outbreaks, it can be even more difficult to wake up the international aid that the continent so desperately needs to survive.
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