A campaign tagged “Saving Lives and Saving Economies.” is to be launched by the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention,Africa CDC .next week.
The Director, Africa CDC , Dr John Nkengasong who stated this at the Africa CDC weekly media briefing on COVID-19 said this was aimed at protecting the borders, economies, and schools.
“The campaign will take a three-step approach, first, focusing on scaling up testing at borders and during travel using the PACT initiative of test, trace, treat.”
According to him” The campaign will take a three-step approach, first, focusing on scaling up testing at borders and during travel using the PACT initiative of test, trace, treat.”
Dr Nkengasong said arrangement had been concluded to partner with the private sector for innovative approaches to enhance surveillance and data within inter- and intra- economic regions, in order to protect the livelihoods and economies across the continent.
“And finally, with schools reopening later this year, we will look to develop and/or leverage existing testing programs at schools through PACT, while focusing on risk assessment and management in order to safely resume educational instruction for all our students.”he said.
“A global movement led by the Pandemic Action Network to encourage more people to wear face covering to help stop the spread of COVID-19 will start Friday 7 August will last till Friday 14 August.”
“Consistent and widespread mask wearing is one of the best tools that we have to slow transmission and turn the tide against COVID-19.”
“Saving Lives & Saving Economies Announcement Now, with many Member States beginning to reopen their borders and economies, we must be alert and take pre-emptive measures to ensure that our progress in fighting the pandemic is not lost.”
He said the total tests conducted across Africa have reached over 8.8 million, a 9.4% increase over the past week.
“This indicates that we have reached nearly 90% of our PACT goal to facilitate 10 million tests on the continent.”
“10 countries contribute 79.7% of these tests, having conducted more than 200,000 tests – South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Mauritius “