The COVID-19 crisis is affecting the entire world economy and that of Africa. Some key sectors of the African economy are already experiencing a slowdown as a result of the pandemic. Tourism, air transport, and the oil sector are visibly impacted. However, invisible impacts of COVID-19 are expected in 2020 regardless of the duration of the pandemic.
Health workers are going to need a lot of mental health support.
It can be extremely traumatic to have to turn someone away from care or
have to ration care, especially for someone who reminds you of your
There are huge debates going on around what to do when health
workers are exposed. In California, a single sick person was exposed to
200 health workers, so they had to self-isolate. But most hospitals
during flu season are already at capacity and COVID-19 will push them
over capacity, so they can’t afford to lose a single health worker.
The most important thing is the need to practise universal precautions
and treat every patient the same. Most people got familiar with
universal precautions during the HIV epidemic. There was so much stigma,
they eventually ended up handling every patient as though they had HIV
and that was an effective measure.
I am a graduate of Agric and a fifth year dental student in Benin with keen interest in sustainable development goals as a tool in driving the world forward. As a millennium fellow (www.millenniumfellows.org/aaron-ayia), my project on oral health education serve as a remedy to people living in rural communities and internally displaced people’s camp in Edo state when bedeviled with halitosis and caries. With strong enthusiasm for teamwork, I’m ready to give in my best for the achievement of a common goal.