Africa, Tedros Ghebreyesus (WHO Director): 'Kenya and Rwanda as models against Covid'
Africa, fight against Covid. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of the World Health Organisation: “Some of the western countries with the best health infrastructure have been hard hit, while several African countries have been able to contain the transmission of the virus at a community level”.
Africa, fight against Covid: statements by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organisation (WHO)
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, many governments, instead of supporting scientific evidence and expert information, preferred to contradict and discredit it.
This attitude helps the virus to spread.
This is where one of the great lessons of this pandemic came from: the role of politics is crucial in dealing with health emergencies, and from this point of view Kenya and Rwanda have set a virtuous example, not only in terms of investment but also in the way they have managed the emergency”.
This was said by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director of the World Health Organisation, speaking at the online Africa Health Agenda international conference (Ahaic).
In the fight against Covid, Africa highlighted the paradox of rich countries unable to manage the pandemic
The UN executive continued: “This pandemic has highlighted a paradox: some of the western countries with the best health infrastructure have been hard hit, while several African countries have been able to contain the transmission of the virus at the community level”.
According to Ghebreyesus, Africa reacted better to the pandemic not only because of the very low average age of its population but also because of its long experience in managing epidemics’.
He then recalled that thanks to Covax, the international mechanism for guaranteeing anti-Covid vaccines and medicines in developing countries, “14 million vaccines have already been delivered to African countries, and many more will arrive within the next week”.
According to Ghebreyesus, ‘this is a very good start but much still needs to be done.
He called for more investment to make Africa’s health systems resilient’, reiterated that WHO is available to provide ‘all necessary collaboration’ and stressed: ‘Let us remember that health is a human right’.