African ICUs have the world’s highest Covid death rate. Why?
Scarce resources and fewer critical care interventions contribute to mortality, new study finds
More than half the critically ill Covid-19 patients admitted to African ICUs from March to September had died in hospital by the 30-day mark. This is the highest Covid-19 ICU mortality on any continent, according to a study conducted in six countries, including SA.
The hospitals participating in the observational study (file:///C:/Users/jaco/Downloads/SSRN-id3707415.pdf), which is now under peer review, were from SA (11), Egypt (9), Ethiopia (7), Libya (7), Nigeria (2) and Ghana (2).
The higher death rate in African ICUs was found to be associated with scarce critical care resources and the severity of the illness, including organ failure, among the more than 1,000 patients admitted to these hospitals...