‘Time to lift curfew,’ says Dr Githinji as he pushes for mass vaccination
According to Amref Health Africa Global CEO Dr Githinji Gitahi, for example, curfews should be lifted and moved as needed across Africa, to tackle localized outbreaks of infections.
Dr Githinji, member of the Commission / task force on Africa’s response to COVID-19, took to Twitter on Sunday, saying during a wave, mass contact and curfew should switch to a tactical and localized tool limited in time.
He said governments must now ensure there is sufficient oxygen, health workers and funding, timely large-scale vaccination and rigorous epidemiological data to determine whether curfews in the future. short term are needed as circuit breakers.
“Across Africa, curfews have helped save lives and protect health systems from the pandemic, because while the behavior of the virus is the same day and night, human behavior is not! He tweeted.
People have lost their jobs because of the curfew, Dr Githinji said, and Kenya’s economy needs to be protected, especially given the impact of the pandemic.
“Police used curfew enforcement for brutality and extortion 3) Compliance has decreased – tactical time-limited curfews are more likely to be enforceable,” added Dr Githinji.
According to the doctor, African countries must move quickly to the recovery phase, which will focus on large-scale immunization and building resilient health systems.
“It also means continued compliance with individual public health measures such as wearing a mask in public, hand hygiene and avoiding unnecessary physical interactions,” he added.
“18 months later, it’s time to move from RESPONSE to RECOVERY while looking at when RESPONSE is still needed until everyone is immunized”
Since Friday, the hashtag “curfew” has been trending on Twitter, with Kenyans rallying to calls to lift the dusk-to-dawn curfew that has been in place since the pandemic was first reported.
The Kenyan economy recorded its first annual contraction for the first time since 1992 with 2020 growth estimated at minus 0.3%.
This is according to data from the delayed 2021 Economic Survey covering the calendar year 2020 and which was released in early September.
The rare contraction in growth is largely a reflection of the adversity posed by the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the home in March 2020.
Only half of the key economic sectors saw any growth during the period while the other half slowed towards the general economy.
Accommodation and food services were the hardest hit sector dropping 47.7% due to COVID-19 restrictions which have seen hotels, bars and other entertainment venues shu
The Treasury nonetheless expects a strong rebound in growth supported in large part by the reopening of the majority of the economy and regular rainfall to support production in the agricultural sector.
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