Published on: September 21, 2021

COVID-19 second wave: Africa lacks enough oxygen for treatment of patients

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.

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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.

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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.


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