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COVID-19: Take lessons from Ebola readiness – WHO tells Africa

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COVID-19: Take lessons from Ebola readiness - WHO tells Africa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa in Brazzaville, Congo, has urged African countries to take lessons from Ebola readiness to tackle the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) across the continent.

WHO, in a statement posted on its website, on Friday, said many African countries were currently using Ebola and Influenza preparedness to step up their Coronavirus response.

DAILY POST reports that COVID-19 cases in Africa have increased from 10,000 to more than 11,900, with 608 deaths and 1,586 recoveries reported in the past two days.

“When the 10th outbreak erupted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2018, Tanzania trained 2,400 health workers; training sessions initially planned for Ebola were reviewed to include COVID-19.

“More than 300 of them have now been retrained to join the frontline ranks of the nation’s Coronavirus battle.’’

WHO said in regions that had been identified as being at high risk of Ebola, rapid response teams were formed and trained, and authorities identified isolation areas at specific health facilities.

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“They were identified at specific health facilities in each district, and the health workers were trained to manage those units and handle suspected cases.

“The health workers and the resources are now proving critical in the COVID-19 response,” WHO said.

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