Covid-19: ‘Access to oxygen is a critical need,’ Nkengasong

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s Director, Dr. John Nkengasong has expressed concern over the continent’s fight against Covid-19.

Nkengasong stressed that access to oxygen is a critical need in Africa.

Addressing the Africa CDC weekly media briefing, on Thursday, Nkengasong said: “There is really a need to have access to oxygen across the board, which is becoming a critical need across the entire continent, huge, huge critical need.

Through this, I’m making an appeal to all our partners across the continent, that we should join forces with the Africa CDC to improve access to oxygen across all member states because that is a key element that can be a game-changer in managing a COVID-19 infected person.”

This comes after Africa’s coronavirus fatality rate rose to 2.5% higher than the global level of 2.2%.

He adds, “The case fatality rate is beginning to be very worrying and concerning for all of us. The number of African nations with a rate of deaths-per-cases higher than the global average is growing.”


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