Health and Wellness

A million test kits to meet Africa’s ‘big gap’

1 Mins read

The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has announced that it will roll out one million coronavirus testing kits to meet the continent’s “big gap”.

The organisation’s director John Nkengasong says testing rates on the continent are low.

He said the Africa Union (AU) will distribute the testing kits from next week to support countries’ ability to test.

Dr Nkengasong singled out the continent’s most populous nations – Nigeria with more than 200 million people has done 6,000 coronavirus tests, while Ethiopia with more than 100 million people has tested 5,000.

“Over the next three months or six months, we probably need like 15 million tests, however, a journey of 1,000 miles starts with the first mile,” he said.

So far more than 17,700 cases of infection have been confirmed in 52 countries. Some 915 people have died and more than 3,500 people have recovered from the disease.

Amnesty International has warned that millions of people living under lockdown in African countries are facing hunger.

The organisation’s director for East and Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena, has said the majority have no financial means to stockpile food because they live hand-to-mouth, and warned that without support the lockdown could become a matter of life and death.

Dozens of countries on the continent have imposed various levels of restrictions on movement in a bid to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Related posts
Covid-19Health and Wellness

The African health tech sector is booming, thanks in part to increased opportunities presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.

2 Mins read
The African health tech sector is booming, thanks in part to increased opportunities presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of health…
EntrepreneursHeadlineHealth and WellnessSMEsTechnology

Redbird healthtech secures $1.5-million in funding

1 Mins read
Accra-based healthtech startup Redbird has secured $1.5-million in a Seed Round of investment with participation from Johnson & Johnson Foundation and Newtown…
Covid-19Health and Wellness

How Amazon Pharmacy will disrupt the Pharma Business

4 Mins read
Following years of speculation and buzz, on 17th November 2020, Amazon finally ventured to the retail pharmacy sector with the launch of…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *