Containment and control measures against COVID-19 in Africa

Overview

n responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic, many African countries are using a combination of containment and mitigation activities with the intention of delaying major surges of patients and leveling the demand for hospital beds, while protecting the most vulnerable from infection, including elderly people and those with comorbidities

Summary

Reducing the incidence, prevalence, morbidity or mortality of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to a locally acceptable level in Africa will require a holistic approach and as such warrants additional measures such as the Non-SHEF2 (“SHEF2”- S: Social distancing, H: Hands, E: Elbows, F: Face, F: Feel) model related control and containment measures which include seven unique measures against COVID-19 doped ‘TITHQC2’ namely, T: Travel-related measures, I: Information and guidance, T: Treatment; H: Hospital containment measures; Q: Quarantine, C: Community containment measures, C: Case detection and contact tracing. COVID-19 has the potential to overwhelm the underserved health care systems of African countries characterized by inadequate infrastructure and too few medical personnel.

Author Comments

Dr. frankline sevidzem wirsiy, BSc, MSc, PhD
Dr. frankline sevidzem wirsiy, BSc, MSc, PhD
University of Buea
Ph.D
Public Health Epidemiology
Douala, Littoral | Cameroon
This is a good commentary for Public Health PolicyDr. frankline sevidzem wirsiy, BSc, MSc, PhD

Resources

Non-SHEF2 Model related containment and control measures against COVID-19 in Africa
https://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/series/35/2/86/full/
Non-SHEF2 Model related containment and control measures against COVID-19 in Africa
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342349403_Non-SHEF2_Model_related_containment_and_control_measures_against_COVID-19_in_Africa_Non-SHEF2_Model_related_containment_and_control_measures_against_COVID-19_in_Africa?_sg=kMZvqtV_Sq1cyENRAatZ5AxwJGPUeFaxL11sSsG-dGYXNHrT1vUgPJ-klfL4ccAt6ThU2dA_uHmcD

Non-SHEF2 Model related containment and control measures against COVID-19 in Africa

Pan African Medical Journal

Pan African Medical Journal. 2020;35(2):86. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.supp.2020.35.2.24061]

https://www.panafrican-med-journal.com/content/series/35/2/86/full/
June 2020
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