Tuesday , November 24 2020

Africa steps up for war against cholera, Ebola

The Herald

Paidamoyo Chipunza recently in Lusaka, Zambia
African Union Center for Disease Control (CDC) has intensified efforts to mitigate various recurring outbreaks such as cholera, ebola and yellow fever in member states by capacitating key stakeholders and introducing coordinating structures to better prevent and control new outbreaks.

This comes between revelations that the World Health Organization did not deal with all health challenges on the African continent.

Addressing health journalists from nine South African countries participating in the inagural round table for health reporters in southern Africa, taking place in Lusaka in Zambia yesterday, said Africa's CDC's head of politics and health diplomacy, Dr. Benjamin Djoudalbaye, despite the existence of other health organizations for several years now, Africa still has very weak health systems susceptible to a number of outbreaks.

"Africa still has very weak health systems. Is WHO enough to tackle all issues in this continent, certainly not," said Dr Djoudalbaye.

He said there was a need for African journalists to profile the work done by Africa's CDC to avert outbreaks in the region.

"We need the media to tell the African story. Infact, we do very well in responding to emergencies on our continent. Africa can tell its own story. I can tell you that we do a lot of work in DRC Ebola outbreak, just that no trumpet has been blown, "he said.

Speech at the same time said Africa CDC Communications Officer Dr Promesse Kaniki Africa has been hit by many outbreaks in the last decade and claimed thousands of lives.

He said the AU was concerned about the continued rise in deposits and geographical coverage of these outbreaks.

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