Pandemic hits access to healthcare, food hard in Africa

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Pandemic hits access to healthcare, food hard in Africa

However, support for public health measures remains high, says Africa CDC head, amid a dip in infections

Senior features writer

Nearly half the people participating in a survey across African states said that they, or someone in their household, had experienced “delayed or skipped access” to healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic, and seven out of 10 said they had difficulties accessing food.

“Less than 33% expressed support for measures that limited economic activity, that is, staying at home and limiting market visits,” said Africa CDC director, Dr John Nkengasong (https://africacdc.org/covid-19/), during his weekly briefing on coronavirus on Thursday.

The Partnership for Evidence-based Response to COVID-19 (https://preventepidemics.org/covid19/our-work/), a consortium of global public health organisations and private-sector companies, conducted the national representation phone surveys “to determine the acceptability, impact and effectiveness of public health and social measures in the communities”...

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