What the COVID-19 pandemic means for sub-Saharan African countries

Orhan Alimoglu, Furkan Kilic, Cem Ilgin Erol, Tunc Eren

Abstract


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may cause a significant loss of life in sub- Saharan African countries. According to the Africa Centers for Disease Control, on June 1st, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases within Africa reached 147,099. Simultaneously, in sub-Saharan African countries, the number of cases reached 34,888, while 707 patients had died. As of June 1st, 2020, a total of 885,632 tests had been carried out in sub-Saharan Africa which stands for a testing rate of 0.77 per thousand people such that the testing rates of Niger, Chad and South Sudan were found to be 0.18, 0.17 and 0.31, respectively. Considering poor healthcare capacities of its countries, sub-Saharan Africa is vulnerable to possible consequences of the pandemic. It is difficult to treat a disease on the African continent, but preventive measures are possible. Therefore, it is necessary to accelerate training activities and take preventive measures in the region.

International Journal of Human and Health Sciences Vol. 05 No. 01 January’21 Page: 127-128


Keywords


COVID-19; pandemics; sub-Saharan Africa; prevention & control; global health

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.31344/ijhhs.v5i1.248

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