1.2 billion people live at risk in Africa

1.2 billion people live at risk in Africa

It has been reported that 1.2 billion people in Africa live at risk from poor health care.

Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), stated in a statement that the lives of 1.2 billion Africans are at risk of inadequate access to quality healthcare amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic.

Adesina stated that the AfDB is fighting the economic and health effects of the epidemic and will strengthen its support to African countries.

Underlining that AfDB will invest heavily in local vaccine production and Africa’s health system, Adesina said that only 51 percent of public health facilities have clean water and 31 percent have electricity.

Adesina also noted that Africa imports 60-70 percent of its pharmaceutical drugs.

Pointing out that the lives of 1.2 billion people on the continent are in danger, Adesina said, “We must give hope to the poor and vulnerable by ensuring that every African, regardless of income, has access to quality health care, health insurance and social protection.”

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