May 6, 2021

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‘We’re just trying to survive’: what Africa threatens to do from the new Covid | Corona infection

Health officials are fighting the epidemic in Africa he says he sees the crisis in India as “complete disbelief” and warns that their country could face the same problem soon.

“What is happening in India cannot be ignored by our contractor,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last week. “We do not have enough health workers, we do not have enough air… We cannot and should not find ourselves [India’s] the consequences are due to the very deterioration of our health. ”

Recent statistics show that so far Africa has survived the worst epidemic. There were about 76,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the third week of April, with India filing more than 400,000 cases alone on Friday alone.

But even India, with a population of 1.35 billion people, has the same population as the African continent, and has a strong health system. According to the latest World Bank statistics, they are available about four times the number of doctors per citizen of India than in all of Africa. Unlike India, no African country produces a large number of drugs or vaccines, Nkengasong said.

Africa’s economic growth warning comes as the country’s economic crisis worsens.

“The crisis has been severe. These are countries that are insecure, have high debts and have too little to deal with the crisis,” said Murithi Murtiga, a Nairobi-based researcher at the International Crisis Group.

Studies show that millions of people in Africa will be impoverished and many more are being forced to contribute to the economic and social benefits of the epidemic as it continues to spread across the region.

Although experts predict economic stability in 2021, this outbreak has changed years of growth.

Less vaccines in Africa are threatening to cause more problems, while new diseases can lead to more deaths and economic damage.

The World Health Organization stated last month that Africa provided less than 2% of the world’s vaccination and he was left behind. The death toll from the contractor is 120,000, though this is considered to be relatively unnecessary.

Mu South AfricaCovid’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize, health minister, warned last week of a third epidemic.

Covid has killed 55,000 people in South Africa, according to government statistics, and other infectious diseases in December and January. Death statistics show actual charges either twice or even three times.

So far 300,000 health workers, out of a total of 1.25m, have been vaccinated in South Africa, although officials have promised to expand the program in the coming months.

“What we want is for us to vaccinate many people without worrying about the next wave za. Everything about this is confirmed…. when it starts, how bad it is, ”Mkhize told MPs.

The release of vaccines from contractors is hampered by India’s problems, as most of the vaccines delivered so far in Africa through the global Covax vaccine sharing have been shot at by AstraZeneca. India suspended its vaccine outside March in order to meet domestic demand.

It is not known when the export will resume, Nkengasong said, warning that developments in India could affect vaccinations in Africa “in the next few weeks or months”.

A Pew Research Center study found that the economic downturn caused by Covid has left 131 million people impoverished worldwide. Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are the ones that have multiplied, and reversed the years of progress.

An estimated 494 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, out of a total population of 1.14 billion, are expected to live in poverty before the epidemic by 2020. That number has increased by 40 million, Pew’s analysis compares.

While economic growth was difficult and benefits were shared unequally, sub-Saharan Africa was he did not suffer from depression for 25 years until the plague.

Murtiga described the “several difficulties”, even a stable economy that is rapidly returning.

“The housing budget has collapsed, and during the financial crisis there was little help for those who lost their jobs. On a larger scale, funding is not limited and this has left countries struggling to recover, ”he said.

The decline has been dramatic for those earning a living from urban work, especially women. In Kenya, a study published earlier this year found that many young people dropped out of school to pursue financial security.

“Young men say … [idle] in the house due to the closure of the Covid-19, which does not mean that there are no jobs, yet the young people are said to be providing additional household services, “he said education adviser Dr Grace Wamue-Ngare, fellow professor at Kenyatta University in Nairobi.

In South Africa, figures released by the South African Human Rights Commission have revealed that half of the country’s borrowers are now heavily in debt. The people in the midst of the land have been cut off, Another newspaper reports.

Retailers across the country have closed businesses, trade unions say thousands of restaurants closed.

Before the plague, Africa was infected the second fastest growing region in the world, providing 8.5% of the continent’s GDP and employing 24 million people. Even promising predictions suggest that it may take up to two years for visitors to return the same number.

Ntokozo Dube, a tourist in Soweto, a town south of Johannesburg, has been working for more than a year.

“We’re just trying to make our lives as comfortable as possible. I have been knocking and knocking on doors to get a job but never come back. It’s very difficult, ”said Dube, 31.

South Africa has developed support programs, but shipping has been difficult. Dube received nothing, condemning “corruption”.

“Debtors are being targeted. Food is expensive, ”he said. People are suffering a lot. ”