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Coronavirus - Ghana: WHO donates Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to the Ministry of Health

Honourable Abban also made a passionate appeal to all out there to extend support to his course and make all donations to the Ministries of Health National Security

WHO has donated PPEs to the Ministry of Health as part of efforts to support COVID-19 Outbreak Response in Ghana.  The official handing over was done in a brief ceremony with the participation of the Honourable Deputy Minister for Health, Mr Alex K.K. Abban, the Acting Country Representative for WHO,…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 press conference, 26 March 2020: Opening remarks by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa

Opening remarks by Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa: Response to top question: It seems as if the number of COVID-19 cases is accelerating in Africa. What does the Region have to do to respond? Thank you, and good morning to you and good morning also to all…

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Watch a video demonstration of hand-washing using a tippy tap

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Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But not everyone has access to running water at all times. The tippy tap is one simple and safe way to wash your hands that is especially designed for areas with no running water.

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Coronavirus: Algeria’s main lab anchors COVID-19 response

The Ministry of Health announced Algeria’s first COVID-19 case on 26 February

When a sample sent to the referral laboratory in the capital Algiers gave a positive result, the Ministry of Health announced Algeria’s first COVID-19 case on 26 February, becoming the second African country to confirm the virus. Since then, dozens of people have caught the infection. Unlike years past, it…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) urges African countries to scale up COVID-19 response

The African region is witnessing a rapid rise in the number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases

The African region is witnessing a rapid rise in the number of reported confirmed COVID-19 cases, with a 25% daily increase over the past five days. Today, 39 countries reported a total of 216 cases in the past 24 hours, this a significant increase from a month ago, when one…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Total of 1808 confirmed COVID19 cases in WHO Africa Region

Within the past 24 hours, there have been 216 new confirmed cases across 15 countries in the Region

Total of 1808 confirmed COVID19 cases in WHO Africa Region. Within the past 24 hours, there have been 216 new confirmed cases across 15 countries in the Region, with 2 new countries reporting cases GuineaBissau & Mali.  

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Nigeria Commemorates 2020 World TB Day while responding to COVID-19 outbreak

The commemoration serves as a period for Nigeria to reflect on its progress towards achievement of its END TB strategy and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets

Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, during a Press briefing to commemorate the World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, also emphasized the need to swiftly contain the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country. The commemoration this year is masked by the raging COVID-19 pandemic and the minister used the opportunity…

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Coronavirus – Africa: World Health Organization (WHO) & Partners are Supporting Surveillance Activities Across the African Region

Early detection is vital to containing the #COVID19 pandemic on the continent. @WHO & partners are supporting surveillance activities across the African Region including point of entry monitoring at Murtala Muhammed Nigeria.

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Borno closes Lassa fever outbreak, briefs Media on COVID-19

It is imperative to scale up preparedness especially surveillance and risk communication

Following concerted partners’ response, led by the World Health Organization, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Salihu Kwayabura has declared an end of Lassa fever outbreak in Borno State. The current outbreak, which was the second in almost five decades, was isolated from a 30-year old man from Garba Buzu settlement…

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Rapid Response Teams are racing against the spread of COVID in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already helped train 1,500 Kenyan health workers in various health facilities to prepare for just this situation

When the Kenyan Government announced the country’s first case of COVID-19, clinician Jackson Njoroge was already hard at work.  He and his colleagues from the Kenyan Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Team had already drawn up a list of people who might have come into contact with the first patient. …