WHO is Scaling Up Novel Coronavirus Preparedness Efforts In The African Region

WHO is Scaling Up Novel Coronavirus Preparedness Efforts In The African Region
The World Health Organization (WHO) Is Scaling Up Novel Coronavirus Preparedness Efforts In The African Region And Supporting Countries To Implement Recommendations Outlined By The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, Which Met In Geneva, Switzerland On 30 January.
Still There Continues To Be No Reported Cases Of The Novel Coronavirus In The African Region. However, There Are Many Links Between China And The African Continent.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director For Africa, Has Sent Out A Guidance Note To All Countries On How To Prepare For A Possible Novel Coronavirus Outbreak.
WHO Identified 13 Top Priority Countries As – Algeria, Angola, Cote D’Ivoire, The Democratic Republic Of The Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda And Zambia, Which Either Have Direct Links Or A High Volume Of Travel To China.
Active Screening At Airports Has Been Established In All These Countries And They Will Be The WHO First Area Of Focus.
Since This Is A New Virus, Only Two Referral Laboratories Are Established In The African Region. Reagent Kits Are Being Shipped To More Than 20 Countries In The Region, So The Diagnostic Capacity Is Expected To Increase Over The Coming Days.

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