Senegal exemplary in its management of the pandemic
Senegal is hailed for its good management of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the crisis, the country has been an example of efficiency and transparency.
Senegal 2nd in world in crisis management
According to a recent study by the American newspaper USA Today, Senegal is ranked 2nd among the countries that have best managed the health crisis. It comes behind New Zealand and well ahead of France (15th) and the United States (31st). The study includes a mix of 36 rich, emerging and developing countries.
The country’s responsiveness since the start of the crisis has really been shown, of which there are increasing examples. First of all, COVID-19 test results are available there within 24 hours. Plus, hotels were quickly requisitioned to quarantine COVID patients. From day one of the crisis, a transparent communication programme was put in place by the government with regard to cases of infection. Scientists there quickly developed an advanced low-cost ventilator.
The USA Today newspaper argues: “(…) Senegal has done better than some big countries, such as the United States, England or France.”
… despite a poor health care system
This impressive conduct is to be welcomed, especially since it has occurred in a country with poor health care. In Senegal, the hospital bed deficit is significant and there are only 7 doctors per 100,000 inhabitants. Despite all this and thanks to this effective management, 6 months after the appearance of the first case, there have been 14,000 infected patients and 284 deaths (as of 1 September 2020).
However, Senegalese health authorities say the battle is not won.
The resilience of a continent
In Africa, the global COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the resilience of its populations. The disease has been a source of inspiration for the youth. They took the destiny of their continent in their own hands by developing mobile applications and manufacturing respirators, automatic hand washing kits, robots, scanners, and more.
According to WHO, in Africa, 12.8% of innovations in health technologies were developed during the recent health crisis.
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