News & Analysis: Medical supplies and PPE

Zimbabwe: Sally Mugabe Hospital Midwives Down Tools Over COVID-19 PPE

“Midwives running Sally Mugabe Hospital’s maternity ward have withdrawn their services over lack of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment. The health workers have also blamed health minister and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga for alleged failure to listen to their concerns.”

via New Zimbabwe

Fault Lines between National and County Officials Push Kenyan Health Workers to the Brink

Kenyan health workers are pushing the government to honor agreements made in December, but negotiations have exposed fault lines between county and national officials. John Mbati reports from Nairobi.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

What HIV taught WHO’s Matshidiso Moeti about COVID-19

“We did a lot of work to prepare precisely because of the worry that our health systems are so fragile, our capacity is so little, we will get devastated by this.”

via Financial Times

Egypt’s doctors arrested during COVID-19 after criticising government

“The death toll among Egyptian medical doctors who caught COVID-19 is currently at 216. While around nine doctors are currently in prison after voicing concerns about the lack of PPE and PCR tests. All of them are facing terrorism-related charges and are banned from having legal representation.”

via The Africa Report

Fearing Africa Will be Left Behind, AU Opens Talks With Russia and China to Secure COVID-19 Vaccine Supplies

“The head of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, said last week that his organization, together with the African Union, have started talks with both Chinese and Russian suppliers of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure the continent will receive sufficient supplies when they become available.”

via China-Africa Project

Lake Region Economic Bloc adopts initiative to curb virus infection in schools

“The initiative dubbed ‘adopt a school concept’ is targeted to stop the spread and mitigate the negative effects of COVID-19 in schools through behavioral change advocacy. Kisumu Medical and Education Trust Director donated 1,000 masks and pledged additional 5,000 masks.”

via The Star

Kenya’s Frontline Health Workers Are Dying From COVID-19

Hundreds of health workers in Kenya have contracted COVID-19 during the pandemic, and 31 have died from the virus. Health workers are now asking for more protections, and a major trade union is preparing a strike.

via COVID-19 Africa Watch

Kenya: Senators push probe of use of Sh13 billion in COVID-19 cash

“Senators want a probe into how counties spent Sh13 billion meant for the war on COVID-19. They want the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to institute a probe after revelations that counties utilised a huge chunk of the funds on non-essentials.”

via The Star

China’s COVID-19 Donations Go to 53, Not All 54 African Countries

“Chinese diplomats and state-run media outlets used to highlight how COVID-19 donations were sent to all 54 African countries across the continent. Although they’ve not confirmed which country is now off the list, most likely it’s the tiny land-locked kingdom of Eswatini that maintains diplomatic ties with Taiwan instead of China.”

via China-Africa Project

Gauteng ICU field hospitals: Suspensions, shenanigans and unanswered questions

“Last week the Gauteng Treasury released its third COVID-19 Expenditure Disclosure report. The report records a total expenditure significantly lower than that recorded in previous months. But while the costs are down, the red flags are up.”

via Daily Maverick