MON, MARCH 16 2020-theG&BJournal- ‘’We cannot ignore the potential risk to Africa and assume this continent of 1.3 billion people will blissfully escape the crisis. The world cannot afford the unthinkable consequences of a COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.,’’ Jack Ma Chinese billionaire and founder of Alibaba said Monday as he unveiled his COVID-19 support to African countries.
‘’To combat the potential surging demand for medical supplies and equipment in Africa, Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba foundation will donate to each one of the 54 Africa nations 20,000 testing kits, 100,000 masks, and 1,000 medical use protective suits and face shields
In total, 1.1 million testing kits, 6 million masks, and 60,000 medical use protective suits and face shields will be delivered to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia has agreed to take lead in managing the logistics and distribution of these supplies to the other Africa countries.’’
‘’We can take precautions now and get prepared ahead of time, as Africa can benefit from the experiences and lessons from other countries that were earlier hit hard by the virus.
In addition, we will immediately start working with medical institutions in Africa to provide online training material for COVID-19 clinical treatment.’’
In Nigeria, the Minister of Health, Dr EO Ehinare announced a third case of COVID. The case he says is a Nigerian who returned to Lagos from UK and developed symptoms during her 14-day self-isolation.
‘’She is clinically stable and is being treated at infectious disease hospital in Lagos.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Monday updated National sase definitions for COVID-19 including 3 more counties to the list of high risk countries with widespread community transmission.
In total, Africa has reported 320 confirmed cases in 30 countries and the figure is rising. The disease has killed 6,500 worldwide.