How Africans are combating CoronaVirus Disease (Covid-19).
Covid-19 is no news to the globe anymore. It started in China and has made its way to different continents.
Public health officers alongside WHO have identified how the respiratory ailment can be contracted.
Some countries in Africa on the hand have also become victims of the Covid-19.
Nigeria, the renowned giant of Africa has recorded eighty nine (89) cases, one (1) death and three (3) discharges as stated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
In Kenya, Mutahi Kagwe the minister of health reports about thirty-one (31) cases and one (1) death as at March 26, 2020.
Mozambique has confirmed five active cases with no record of death yet.
No death has been recorded in Ivory Coast but currently she has about ninety-six (96) active cases.
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Mali recorded her first and only reported case. There is an ongoing jihadist war, and the government is trying to avoid an outbreak in such time. The government has also imposed a curfew from 7pm to 5am.
Libya has a record of one case as well.
Niger has reported seven cases while Carp Verde has reported only three cases as at March 27, 2020.
The virus free country South Africa has recorded cases of Covid-19 and confirmed one death.
Rwanda a hygiene model has recorded about fifty cases as at Friday 27th March, 2020 with no reported deaths from Covid-19. The government has set up three centres, two in Kigali the capital and one in the South. The government has enforced a lock down in the nation.
Six cases have been recorded in Eritrea as at March 27, 2020. No death has been recorded. The government has banned all flights to and fro to reduce the outbreak.
Uganda has a record of eighteen reported cases and no death.
Ghana the cocoa king of Africa has recorded about fifty-eight (58) cases with no reported deaths. Social distancing has been enforced.
However, as at Friday, 27th March 2020, there are no reported cases of Covid-19 in Botswana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Lesotho, Comoros, Burundi, South Sudan, Sao Tome and Principe.
In all of the African countries with cases, the government has enforced a lock down, encouraged social distancing and has prohibited inter-state movements.
Africa leaders have learnt from the outbreak of Ebola and set up isolation centres to combat the outbreak of Covid-19.
There is a daily announcement of the preventive measures on the radio and TV channels; cable networks like multichoice remind viewers to maintain social distance.
In Nigeria, Channels TV announced that the senators have donated half of their March salaries each to combat Covid-19, well meaning citizens and churches like the Dynamics citizens have donated funds and medical equipment to combat the pandemic.
There is a speculation that Africans may not be able to combat this pandemic, however, with the record of fewer deaths in Africa and the measures put in place including banning social gatherings and closing churches and mosques, there is a silver lining in the African cloud.