Covid-19: SA's effort to battle virus gets high praise from WHO

Covid-19: SA's effort to battle virus gets high praise from WHO

- President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Africa have received high praise from the World Health Organisation

- Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Dr Michael Ryan highlighted the nation's response to the coronavirus

- Ryan says that African nations are in many ways leading the way when it comes to the virus

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Dr Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, has sung South Africa and President Cyril Ramaphosa's praises.

Ryan lauded the way in which the nation has responded to the global epidemic, highlighting how African countries have actually been leading the way when it comes to the response to the coronavirus.

Speaking during a virtual press conference in Geneva, Switzerland, Ryan commented that:

“There’s a tremendous amount of innovation going on in Africa in general. It is interesting in the way that South Africa is bringing the disease under control. And how African countries are actually, in many ways, showing the way."

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Briefly.co.za reported that mobile lab units were launched with screening and testing being carried out across the nation.

Ryan noted this initiative in his address, applauding South Africa's strategy against the virus:

“The strategy in South Africa was based on preparations, primary prevention, lockdown and enhanced surveillance. Sixty-seven mobile lab units around the country, 28 000 community health workers trained in case detection."

The massive quantity of tests being carried out was also mentioned, an effort that has been highlighted by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize:

“And I think over 120 000 tests completed, with a 2.7 % positivity rate – which is incredible. That much testing for that return."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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