In a virtual press conference hosted in Geneva Switzerland on Wednesday evening, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, Dr Michael Ryan praised South Africa, and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to the worldwide epidemic.
He also highlighted how other African countries have been leading the way in their response to the new coronavirus.
“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.
“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,” he noted.
“And I think over 120 000 tests completed, with a 2.7 % positivity rate – which is incredible. That much testing for that return,” says Dr Ryan.
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