Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children’s surgery in Africa

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Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on children’s surgery in Africa

JournalBMJ Global Health
Publication date – Jun – 2020
Authors – Dennis Mazingi, George Ihediwa, Kathryn Ford, Adesoji O Ademuyiwa, Kokila Lakhoo
Keywordscovid-19, Global Health, paediatric surgery, Pandemic
Open access – Yes
SpecialityPaediatric surgery
World region Central Africa, Eastern Africa, Northern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on June 12, 2020 at 3:13 am
Abstract:

An outbreak of the disease known as COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan in the Hubei province of China, has rapidly spread to all continents of the globe. First detected via local hospital surveillance systems as a ‘pneumonia of unknown aetiology’ in late December 2019, the disease has since been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the WHO and reached pandemic status.

It is uncertain what the eventual toll of the pandemic will be in Africa; however, there has been a suspicion that the looming pandemic may hit harder than it has the rest of the world. Africa has baseline weaknesses in healthcare resource allocation, and her fragile healthcare systems are particularly vulnerable to being overwhelmed by this illness. Available statistics, to date, however, seem to show that the pandemic has been slow to begin. As of 26 May, 115 346 cases and 3471 deaths have been reported across the whole African continent, constituting 2% of all cases in the globe. African nations have had an opportunity to prepare for the coming onslaught, learn from the experience in other countries and choose interventions that are tailor-made for the unique socioeconomic context.

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OSI Number – 20539

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