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The WHO condemns the serious effects of the coronavirus on the medical care of African women

June 19, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the specific effects of the coronavirus on African women as specialized health services have been paralyzed by diverting these resources to fight the pandemic on a continent where it is already located. traditionally second-class citizens when it comes to access to medical care.

“We are already seeing the profound effects that the coronavirus has on women and girls who are disproportionately affected by quarantine measures because it further restricts their access to this care,” said the WHO official. for Africa Dr. Matshidiso Moeti.

As efforts have increasingly focused on curbing the spread of the coronavirus, women’s access to sexual health services has been disrupted. For example, and according to preliminary data, the number of Caesarean sections performed in Zimbabwe between January and April 2020 decreased by 42 percent over the same period in 2019. The number of live newborns has now decreased by 21 percent.

The WHO condemns the serious effects of the coronavirus on the medical care of African womenThe WHO condemns the serious effects of the coronavirus on the medical care of African women

In Burundi, initial statistics show that births with qualified caregivers fell from 30,826 in the same month of the previous year to 4,749 in April 2020.