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
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.
This is a good commentary for Public Health PolicyDr. frankline sevidzem wirsiy, BSc, MSc, PhD
Pan African Medical Journal
Pan African Medical Journal. 2020;35(2):86. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.supp.2020.35.2.24061]