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Covid-19 affecting other vital health services, says WHO

Africa director for the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti says the pandemic is having a knock-on effect on other vital health services in Africa. FILE PHOTO

Africa director for the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti says the pandemic is having a knock-on effect on other vital health services in Africa. FILE PHOTO

Published Nov 6, 2020

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CAPE TOWN - A preliminary analysis by WHO indicates that the coronavirus is hitting other health services in Africa really hard.

In an online press conference on Thursday, Africa director for the WHO, Matshidiso Moeti said the pandemic is having a knock-on effect on other vital health services in Africa as countries are forced to redirect already stretched resources.

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“From January to August, an extra 1.3 million children aged under one missed their first doses of the measles vaccine, compared with the same period last year,”

“So while Covid-19 is not overwhelming African health facilities in the way ... first predicted ... it is really stretching already resourced-limited health systems," Moeti said.

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Moeti added that immunisation campaigns against measles and polio had restarted but more needed to be done to protect the gains made in previous years in improving access to health services and outcomes on the continent.

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