Pandemic hits access to healthcare, food hard in Africa

However, support for public health measures remains high, says Africa CDC head, amid a dip in infections

18 September 2020 - 00:00 By claire keeton

Nearly half the people participating in a survey across African states said that they, or someone in their household, had experienced “delayed or skipped access” to healthcare during the Covid-19 pandemic, and seven out of 10 said they had difficulties accessing food.

“Less than 33% expressed support for measures that limited economic activity, that is, staying at home and limiting market visits,” said Africa CDC director, Dr John Nkengasong (, during his weekly briefing on coronavirus on Thursday...

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