COVID-19 second wave: Africa lacks enough oxygen for the treatment of patients
COVID-19 second wave pandemic, Africa does not have a sufficient supply of oxygen to treat all patients.
On Thursday, the head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) announced.
“Access to oxygen is becoming a huge critical need across the continent,’’ said Africa CDC director John Nkengasong at an online press briefing.
African countries urgently needed to establish international partnerships to boost the supply of oxygen, similar to what was being done to supply other medical equipment and medication to treat COVID-19 patients, Nkengasong said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, also cautioned in a separate briefing that, in some instances, the availability of adequate oxygen is beginning to be a problem.
To date, Africa has reported approximately 3.3 million cases of Coronavirus and more than 81,800 deaths associated with it.
Currently, in Africa, the death rate from COVID-19 is 2.5%, higher than the global average of 2.2%, said Nkengasong.
South Africa is the nation with the most infections on the continent, with about 1.3 million cases.