The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday warned that the threat of a third wave of coronavirus hitting Africa is “real and rising.”
A senior official from the Geneva-based UN body urged governments across the continent to “urgently” expand their facilities so that their health care systems do not become overwhelmed.
Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, told reporters that “many African hospitals and clinics are still far from ready for a surge in critically ill COVID-19 patients.”
What is the current COVID situation in Africa?
A WHO survey carried out last month found that most African countries have less than than one intensive care unit bed per 100,000 people.
Moeti said this was a result of “long underinvestment in health systems among many other competing priorities.”