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Côte d’Ivoire: « toutes les communes d’Abidjan ont des cas » de Covid-19 (DG santé)

Publié le 06.04.2020 à 01h18 par APA

A Abidjan, épicentre du Covid-19 en Côte d’Ivoire, « toutes les communes ont des cas », a indiqué dimanche le directeur général de la santé en Côte d’Ivoire, Mamadou Samba, lors d’un point de presse du Centre d’information et de communication du gouvernementale (Cicg).Hormis Marcory et Cocody qui enregistrent la majorité des cas, « toutes les communes d’Abidjan ont des cas, (et) il faudrait que cela soit clair dans notre esprit et qu’ on puisse prendre les dispositions en conséquence », a déclaré M. Mamadou Samba. 

Avec la présence du Covid-19 dans « toutes les communes d’Abidjan », la pandémie est en train de se généraliser, a fait savoir M. Samba, rappelant que les plus grands pôles sont Marcory et Cocody, tout en  conseillant les populations de réduire leurs déplacements.

Il a en outre insisté sur le port de masques une fois hors de chez soit pour éviter de chopper la maladie de Covid-19, qui à la date du 5 avril 2020 en Côte d’Ivoire a enregistré 16 nouveaux cas, portant à 261 le nombre de cas confirmés dont 37 cas de guérisons et 3 décès. 

Pour casser la chaîne de propagation du virus, les populations sont invitées à appliquer les gestes barrières,  notamment garder une distanciation sociale d’un mètre, ensuite procéder au lavage régulier des mains ou utiliser des gels hydro-alcooliques.  

M. Samba a annoncé que des travaux de sites d’accueils pour les prises en charge des malades sont presque terminés, évoquant l’évacuation  de cas au Centre hospitalier (CHU) de Cocody et l’acquisition des matériels médicaux’ en  ours de dispatching.   

Des cas sont également pris en charge à l’intérieur du pays, a fait observer le directeur général de la santé Mamadou Samba, lors du point de presse du Centre d’information et de communication gouvernementale.  


Un site d’accueil des malades du COVID-19 saccagé à Abidjan par une foule hostile

Publié le 06.04.2020 à 01h18 par APA

Un site d’accueil des malades du Coronavirus (COVID-19) en construction au stade de la Brigade anti-émeute ( BAE) de Yopougon dans l’ouest d’Abidjan,  a été saccagé dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi par une foule de riverains hostiles, a appris APA auprès de témoins de cet acte d’incivisme. Selon plusieurs témoignages concordants,  les manifestants ont détruit et brûlé le matériel devant servir à la construction de ce site, estimant qu’ils craignent pour leur santé en raison de la proximité de leurs habitations avec ce site d’accueil et de confinement de malades du COVID-19. 

Pour prévenir l’engorgement du Centre hospitalier universitaire ( CHU) de Treichville au sud d’Abidjan en cas de pic épidémique lié à la maladie du Coronavirus en Côte d’Ivoire, les autorités sanitaires ivoiriennes ont entamé la construction de plusieurs autres d’accueil des éventuels malades dans plusieurs communes d’Abidjan, dont celle de Yopougon. 

En Côte d’Ivoire, à ce jour, 261 cas de maladie à COVID-19 ont été enregistrés avec 03 décès et 37 cas de guérison.


UTM sets ‘Chilima command centre’ to stay in touch with supporters amid Covid-19

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BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Following the strict measures put in place by the Malawi government in the wake of covid-19 outbreak, which among others restrict public gatherings, the UTM and its alliance partners have launched a Saulos Chilima ‘Command Centre’ as one way of keeping in touch with the public on national issues.

According to the UTM officials, the Virtual Command Centre will among other things help UTM and its alliance partners to stay in touch with Malawians via radio, TV and online fighting the covid-19 pandemic.

“As UTM together with all our alliance partners in view of the Coronavirus, have launched a virtual Command Centre where all rallies shall be beamed nationwide across all media platforms,” said a party official.

Well placed sources have also disclosed that Chilima has offered his entire salary for three months to fight the deadly Covid-19.

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Covid-19: State extends ban on international flights

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The government has extended the ban on international flights by 30 days as it intensifies the fight against spread of coronavirus.

An earlier two-week ban that came into effect on March 25, will expire on midnight Sunday. 

“After serious consideration of the situation, the government has extended the ban [on international flights] for another 30 days with effect from tomorrow (Monday) April, 6 2020,” Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said on Sunday.

CARGO FLIGHTS

Mr Macharia said the ban, however, does not apply to those flights that are coming in to evacuate foreign nationals. It also exempts the cargo flights that are coming into the country to deliver goods.

The CS, however, said that the flights must not have passengers on board.

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He urged those in the transport industry to adhere to the directives issued by the Ministry of Health, with regard to maintaining of hygiene standards in the sector.

“We have observed that the set directives are not being strictly followed, for example, most matatus are still overloading, hence not observing social distancing. They are also not observing standards of hygiene as per the set guidelines,” he said.

VEHICLED IMPOUNDED

Mr Macharia said that from Monday, any matatu operator found not observing the set directives, will have their Sacco licences suspended and the vehicle bonded.

“This directive applies to all public transport vehicles and the offenders will be charged in a court of law in line with the Public Health Act, for deliberately spreading the virus,” he said

He warned boda-boda riders, who continue to flout the directives that their motorcycles will be impounded.

The government has also suspended visits to prisons for another 30 days.


Kisumu residents defy curfew to ‘expel’ evil spirits

RUSHDIE OUDIABy RUSHDIE OUDIA
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The Luo community believes that certain diseases are brought by evil spirits. They have devised ways of exorcising the evil spirits known as Nyawawa. ‘Nyawawa are believed to be spirits of people who died in Lake Victoria.

The tradition of expelling the spirits has been observed by the community for ages and on Friday, not even the nationwide curfew could keep Kisumu residents in their houses.

It is claimed that one can hear the voices of their dead relatives passing by their homes sometimes chatting, singing and even chanting dirges in the dead of the night.

There is a belief among the Luo that when ‘Nyawawa’ visit a place, they can only be sent away by repeatedly hitting objects like iron sheets, tins, drums and even cooking utensils.

They believe that failure to expel the spirits can attract various calamities, including epidemics or even death.

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So this was the case on Friday, shortly after 9pm two hours into the dusk to dawn curfew.

Not taking chances, residents of Obunga, Kajulu, Mamboleo, Bandani, were heard hitting and drumming different metallic objects to ‘drive away’ the evil spirits that passed by their homes in defiance of the curfew.

Contacted by Nation, Luo Council of Elders Chairman Opiyo Otondi described Nyawawa as ‘simply satanic’.

Another Luo elder Odungi Randa said the Friday incident reminded him of incidences that used to happen when he was young.

He said when there was an outbreak of smallpox, the Luo community treated it as satanic and used to hit metal objects including utensils and drums to send the evil spirits back to Lake Victoria.

CONCOCTIONS

He told Nation that they used to smear some concoction on their doors for protection against the disease.

“Just like the curfew, everyone would come home by 5pm and the gates would be closed before the doors were smeared with herbs,” said Mr Randa.

He indicated that the ritual continued until the modern medicine for smallpox was brought by the whites.

“When I heard my neighbours scare away Nyawawa on Friday night, I remembered how we used to drive away smallpox, but this is not the same for coronavirus. We have to follow what the government is telling us and maintain high level of hygiene to beat it,” said Mr Randa.

There is speculation that the Kisumu residents may have done this to drive away Covid-19.


Don’t stigmatise city folk

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As the global toll exceeded 50,000 and infections surpassed the million mark, governments have been making efforts to stem the Covid-19 tide.

Kenya has so far suffered four deaths with 142 patients on treatment and hundreds others either at quarantine centres or in self-isolation at home to determine their status. Four people have so far recovered from the disease.

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has particularly won wide acclaim for his leadership in the war against the new coronavirus.

In his daily televised updates, Mr Kagwe has often implored Kenyans to take the disease seriously and issued directives aimed at curbing it.

Kenyans generally seem to trust him and have heeded his advice, and that must have contributed greatly towards halting the spread of the virus.

However, the CS’s oft-repeated pleas to urban dwellers, particularly Nairobi residents, to keep off the rural areas could be misinterpreted — with disastrous effects.

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Vernacular radio stations are also, citing the CS, asking listeners to “lock up Nairobi people in churches”.

Others have called on senior citizens to be rounded up, based on the already debunked myth that the elderly are more susceptible to the virus.

City residents are now seen as Covid-19 carriers out to infect their families and villagemates. That is stigmatising urban dwellers.

In some places, villagers, led by local administrators, are said to be waylaying city residents as they drop off supplies and harassing them.

This portends a rise in an organised thuggery, anarchy and could spill over to violence.

With the General Election just over a year away, unscrupulous politicians could take advantage of the situation to fund such groups, making them uncontrollable.

Much as we try all means to stymie the killer disease, let us take care not to cause an even worse disaster of civil unrest and violence.


Treat people well at quarantine centres

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It is quite deplorable that the quarantining centres are emerging as the new hubs for coronavirus infections.

Government statistics show that at least 15 per cent of new infections occur among those in the holding centres where travellers or those suspected to have been contact with infected people are being kept.

Which is the reason the government is directing that quarantining will henceforth take more than 14 days.

In itself, that is contestable. Extending quarantine period will force the individuals and families to incur extra expenditures they were never prepared for. That would be punitive, counter-intuitive and resentful.

Core to this is the fact that the centres are badly managed. Yet the government is putting in so much money to keep the people at these centres, which cash could be better used elsewhere to manage the pandemic.

There are two components to the matter. First is government’s bungling of the quarantine procedures. Second is lackadaisical and abhorrent behaviour of individuals at the centres.

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TEST RESULTS
In the first place, it seems the government does not have any concrete plan for those under quarantine.

Some public institutions such as schools and colleges used as quarantine centres are in appalling conditions. Hostels, ablutions and dining areas are horrible.

Water and hygiene supplies are sorely lacking. Matters are not any different at the hotels where others are kept.

Individuals pay heavily but do not get commensurate service. They are fed on poor diet, clean their rooms and do everything for themselves as hotel staff are prohibited from attending to them for fear of infection.

Second, those under quarantine are supposed to be tested and given results within 24 hours. However, that never happens.

Results for tests that should take short a time come after four days or more.

Yet the reason for quick testing is to isolate those infected and separate them from those who are negative to minimise mass contagion.

MEDICAL PROTOCALS

Keeping everyone together for long heightens infections. However, the flipside is indiscipline among the populace.

Some of those quarantined do not appreciate or fathom the situation they are in. The centres are like holiday camps.

Individuals behave as they wish. Reports are emerging that some people throw parties, co-mingle and engage in merriment at the centres without care.

That is extremely reckless, which is what Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has been livid about.

Mr Kagwe and his team at the Health ministry should take charge of the centres and execute stringent rules.

There must be clear stipulation about when tests are to be taken, and how long results are given. Medical protocols such as social distancing and hygiene have to be imposed.

Quarantine centres should be tightly managed but people treated with dignity.


Covid-19: Global leaders adopt changes as meetings go online

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On March 31, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad) heads of state and governments “gathered” by their screens to discuss the novel coronavirus.
It was the first time the leaders of the regional bloc met this way.

Traditionally, they burnt aviation fuel to meet in capitals of member states. Igad members are Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Djibouti.

Eritrea is technically a member but has kept away since 2007. At the virtual meeting last week, the leaders said they are concerned about the “unprecedented global health crisis” of Covid-19.

COLLABORATIVE ACTIONS

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the spread of the virus means it is no longer “a problem that can successfully be fought by a single nation”.

“We remain in real danger of devastating upsurges unless we take decisive collaborative actions,” he said.

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Igad later agreed to formulate a comprehensive regional strategy “and an accompanying implementation plan to address the Covid-19 pandemic”.

That plan will target vulnerable groups like displaced people, refugees and migrants as well as creating an emergency response fund.

The meeting took place on the same day Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo chaired a virtual forum for 56th Commonwealth ministers.

DISRUPTING LIVES

The session expressed concern on how the coronavirus is disrupting lives and encouraged the secretary-general to help raise funds to support the poor.

Earlier, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa gathered his colleagues under the AU Bureau to discuss saving the continent from the impact of the virus.

The bureau also has Mr Kenyatta, Felix Tshisekedi of DR Congo and Mali’s Ibrahim Boubacar.

A dispatch released after the meeting said the leaders agreed to establish a continental anti-Covid-19 fund to which members of the bureau would immediately contribute $12.5 million as seed funding.
The bureau also agreed to raise $4.5 million for the Africa Centre for Disease Control.

Kenya pledged to contribute $2 million to the fund and another $1 million to the centre.

According to Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Macharia Kamau, virtual meetings are probably going to be a main feature of international conferences, often known as multilateral diplomacy, “for a very long time to come”.

But the key lesson from the pandemic, he told the Sunday Nation, is the need to strengthen multilateral agencies like the United Nations.

“There is a global crisis, no global police and a weakened, battered UN system. This is the time to back up the UN system. We should strengthen multilateral agencies by investing in them not marginalising them,” he said.

The virus, he said, has opened up a weakness that has manifested in other global issues.

“Superpowers hated the UN and multilateralism when the two fought climate change … because they were being protective,” he said.

“Now they have realised just how important it is to work together. They are not as big as they thought they were.”


UK PM Boris Johnson undergoes further Covid-19 tests

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for further tests, 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Mr Johnson on March 27 said he was experiencing mild symptoms of the virus and had to self-isolate. “I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus,” he said via Twitter.

Queen Elizabeth on Monday thanked frontline workers in their efforts against the pandemic. “We will succeed. We will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again,” she told the nation.

The UK’s death toll has increased to 4,934, as worldwide cases jump to 1,266,782 – 69,177 people have died and 261,132 have recovered.


Some lessons from coronavirus pandemic

By JOSHUA OYENGO

The Covid-19 global pandemic presents humanity with a number of lessons, more so in developing countries like Kenya.

Health: This is a critical component of life that cannot be ignored. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation. It is in its absence that we appreciate its significance most.

Businesses, education, religious activities and sports events have come to an abrupt end and national conversations suddenly changed.

Disaster preparedness: This is the readiness of a country to combat a new hazard resource-wise and infrastructure-wise.

Weaknesses in healthcare systems has been brought to limelight and people now know their ability in the sector.

Lifestyle change: In some instances, it has been difficult to change the way of life for some people. But with time and the rate at which the virus is spreading, there is no option. For example, for many people, it is not the norm to wash their hands regularly.

The handshake is another usual phenomenon that has drastically changed. In general, the way of life has changed and will never be the same.

Unity: Now all nations are united in the fight against the pandemic. We have seen nations request for assistance and others rush to their aid.

Even in a country level, all persons speaking have emphasised the need to front a united force against the pandemic.

Building capacity: This pandemic has so far led to nations building capacity in infrastructure, equipment and expertise due to the interaction of various experts in this common fight.

There has been a lot of consultations and beefing up of testing and treatment equipment. Health facilities will be better than before.

Faith: Despite the directive of most governments to suspend all religious gatherings in efforts to reduce the rate of infections, people have taken it in private and the social media to seek divine intervention. For believers, faith is most built in times of adversities.

Family: Family is, indeed, very important. Most countries have instituted lockdowns and curfews, which has made families stay together for longer periods.

The family members have bonded. On the contrary, those who suffer domestic violence in solitude.

Mental health: The anxiety brought about by the Covid-19 has adversely affected mental health, causing many people to suffer psychologically.

The tension remains the point of focus in all discussions. But this can be alleviated by circulating correct information.

Economic stability: The harm caused by the pandemic to national and global economies is evident. This implies that healthy people mean a healthy economy. Business activities have slowed down and in some countries stalled.

Role of World Bank and IMF: The mention of the World Bank and IMF is now obvious. Not many knew their role until recently when the pandemic struck.

These two institutions have proved to be of great importance as many countries look up to them for financial assistance.

All in all, everything revolves around health.

Joshua Oyengo Onyino, Nakuru