Most African countries’ health systems are not
prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to extremely stringent safety
measures in many of them.
Ten African countries do not have the
pulmonary ventilator acutely required to treat severe Covid-19 cases. In South
Sudan, on the other hand, there are four fans and five vice-presidents per 11
million inhabitants, the media notes the absurdity. Slightly better is the
situation in Liberia, with a population of five million, which has five
life-saving appliances, one of which is located in the US Embassy complex.
Photo gallery that describes the difficult
situation in African countries during the pandemic
In addition, the World Health Organization
points out that the lack of lung ventilators is only a small part of the
problem, as the lack of masks or even soap and water is often a much more
pressing problem in society. Back in 2015, the UN reported that only 15% of
sub-Saharan people have access to hand washing.
In addition, the range of equipment in health
systems is not publicly known in all countries, so as not to cause public
dissatisfaction. The situation is satisfactory only in some of the most economically
developed countries, such as the Republic of South Africa, which has a strong
The backwardness of health systems also means
that data on the number of infected and Covid-19 patients in many countries are
likely to be very far from the truth, as many tests are small-scale and there
are concerns about the accuracy of the test kits provided.