Coronavirus is spreading in Africa at record pace, WHO warns, as vaccine shipments trickle in

AFRICA – The Delta variant of coronavirus is driving the pandemic forward in Africa at record speeds, the World Health Organization (WHO) has cautioned. Infection numbers have increased in Africa for six weeks running, rising by a quarter week-on-week to almost 202,000 in the week that ended Sunday, it said. The continent’s weekly record currently stands at 224,000 new cases while deaths rose by 15 percent across 38 African countries to nearly 3,000 in the same period. “The speed and scale of Africa’s third wave is like nothing we’ve seen…

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GE Healthcare partners Ministry of Health of DRC in efforts to help fight COVID-19

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC of CONGO – GE Healthcare, a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, has announced a partnership with the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of Congo to deliver mobile X-ray units and ECG machines to help efforts to fight COVID-19. The essential medical equipment will play an important role in supporting the diagnosis and the management of COVID-19, in a country where access to medical technology is extremely limited. However, the country has made measurable progress in recent years, due to improved leadership, coordination and…

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Drop in blood donations threatens to place African healthcare delivery services in jeopardy

CONGO – Blood donation has fallen by 17% in the African region in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused widespread disruptions to key health services, lives and livelihoods. An analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that the frequency of blood drives in the African region has dropped by 25% and demand for blood declined by 13%, with the suspension of routine surgeries in some countries and fewer people seeking care in health facilities. Around 7 million people need blood transfusion every year in the region.…

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UAE bars entry for Uganda and DR Congo travelers over Covid-19 scare

UAE – The United Arab Emirates state news agency has announced that entry for travelers coming from Uganda and DR Congo has been suspended as part of efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The measure applies to transit passengers, in addition to passengers who have travelled through these countries in the last 14 days prior to their arrival in UAE. However, Emirati citizens, diplomatic passport holders and official delegations are exempt from the measures. The decision which was announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority…

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