Africa Faces 'critical Shortage' Of Virus-fighting Facilities: WHO
Dakar, April 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th Apr, 2020 ) :Africa is facing a dire shortage of intensive-care beds and ventilators, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, as coronavirus cases rise across the continent.
In a statement, the body said that there were fewer than 5,000 beds in hospital intensive-care units across 43 African countries.
Critical COVID-19 cases are often referred to intensive-care units, where ventilators can help patients to breathe.
But the WHO said that in 41 African countries that reported data, fewer than 2,000 ventilators are available in the public health system.
Many African governments have also responded to the threat by banning large gatherings and flights and, in some cases, locking down large cities.
The WHO warned on Thursday that the virus is spreading beyond large cities into the countryside, where access to healthcare is often worse.