05-03-2020 by redazione
Within two weeks Kenya, like much of the rest of Africa, will be able to test for coronavirus.
The Government Emergency Task Force Covid 19, set up by President Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent contagion (not one has been detected yet, despite a start of psychosis especially in cities with hospitalizations and requests for controls, all of which have turned out to be negative) is working to monitor the situation and at the same time organize isolation areas in public and private hospitals. While Nairobi and the cities of the Rift Valley seem more organized, mindful also of the Ebola experience of a few years ago, who appears further back in the organization is the coastal region, where tourism from European nations where the Coronavirus is rampant, particularly unfortunately Italy.
Stopping tourism in this period seems to be the lesser evil for the African country, especially as the season is coming to an end. It is much more important that the Department of Health prepare itself as quickly as possible to counteract a possible epidemic.
Kenyan Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has announced that tomorrow the largest isolation ward in the country will be ready at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi, although there is no need for it yet. Another isolation centre is about to be activated in the town of Machakos and a third will follow in Mombasa, although every first aid facility in the capital and other cities already has at least one quarantine room. This is a legacy of the Ebola emergency a few years ago.
As far as the coast is concerned, the Kilifi County Health Minister told The Star newspaper that 21 Co-vid 19 test kits are arriving in Malindi and that local doctors are following a specific course to use them.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said yesterday that he expects all nations in sub-Saharan Africa to be able to test the coronavirus "within a couple of weeks".
Moeti confirmed to the BBC that 33 countries on the continent, including Kenya, have already installed facilities to deal with the emergency. A month ago only Senegal and South Africa had done so.
"We expect in the next two weeks that all our member states will have the facilities to diagnose this virus and isolate the sick - he said - the worst case scenario would be if the virus spread rapidly in African cities without facilities to contain and treat people".
For now, however, there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus infection under the African Equator, while under the desert area there are only two, an Italian in Nigeria and a Chinese in Senegal, already isolated like his three colleagues.
In the meantime there is a growing number of researchers and doctors who say that the Coronavirus would not remain at temperatures too hot, especially outside the human body and on surfaces, where it already has no long life (one hour, maximum one and a half hours according to the researchers) in the cold.
So in the hope that the virus emergency will be extinguished in Europe with the arrival of spring and warmer temperatures, there is also the fear that it may involve Sub-Saharan Africa from the end of April with the arrival of the Great Rains and colder temperatures. But as always in Africa at that time there is much more fear of malaria and in poor areas as in the suburbs of large cities the greatest danger is represented by other infectious diseases such as typhoid and cholera, for those who are not vaccinated.
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