The World Health Organisation WHO has revealed that the dreaded Coronavirus in Africa is not a threat to its citizens but a reality.
The statement was released by the WHO Regional Director for African, Matshidiso Moeti on the organization’s website.
Coronavirus which was first detected in China in December has affected four African countries, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria.
Moeti in his statement posted on WHO’s website noted that the organization is working with the affected countries in Africa to ensure that measures are taken to contain further spread of the virus.
“So far, Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria have reported cases. The case in Senegal was confirmed a day after Algeria reported two new cases on March 1.”
He further stated that the organization is working with the countries affected by the disease in efforts to increase their preparedness. This includes ensuring early detection of vital signs and that control measures are in place and as robust as possible.
“WHO is working with our network of researchers and other experts to coordinate regional work on surveillance, epidemiology, modeling, diagnostics, clinical care, and treatment, as well as other ways to identify, manage the disease and limit onward transmission.”
WHO has already issued interim guidance to countries, which is regularly updated, taking into account ongoing developments.
“Guidance has recently been issued on topics, including quarantine measures, citizen repatriations, and how to ensure that workplaces are prepared for COVID-19”.
Source: Naija News