News & Analysis: Testing

COVID-19: Why Rwanda is a model country as Kenya flounders

“Timely interventions, meticulous contact tracing and scaled-up testing has seen Rwanda emerge as a model of COVID-19 handling in the region as it recorded only three deaths, even as it slowly reopens its economy.”

via The East African

Rwanda mulls random COVID-19 testing in upcountry provinces

“The Rwanda Biomedical Centre is studying plans to take random COVID-19 testing in other provinces other than Kigali city. This was announced after the first phase of COVID-19 random testing was completed in Kigali city and its entry points on Friday, July 10.”

via The New Times

In Africa, a lack of data raises fears of ‘silent epidemic’

“Africa could face a ‘silent epidemic’ if its leaders do not prioritize testing for the new coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Just over 420 tests per 100,000 people have been carried out across the continent of 1.3 billion, a Reuters analysis found.”

via Reuters

Cross River doctors embark on strike over coronavirus test results (Nigeria)

“Cross River doctors began an indefinite strike on Monday in protest over allegations the authorities were whitewashing coronavirus cases in the region.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

COVID-19 Surges In Saclape (Liberia)

“The Statutory Superintendent of the Saclapea Statutory District, Mr. Arthur Gonkartee Sahn, confirmed the surge on the local radio station in Saclapea, adding that the local authority is concerned and they are organizing stakeholder coordination meeting for immediate action to stop the spread.”

via The Daily Observer (Liberia)

Lagos Gov’t says COVID-19 testing remain free

“The Lagos State Government has reiterated that COVID-19 testing for residents of the state was free of charge. Mr Gbenga Omotoso, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy said this in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. The state would like to reassure the general public that testing is still free at all the COVID-19 public testing laboratories for all Lagos residents.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, wife test positive for COVID-19

“Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and his wife, Edith Okowa, have both tested positive to COVID-19. The Governor made the disclosure on his Facebook page on Wednesday morning.”

via Vanguard (Nigeria)

Nigeria: Jumping on the bandwagon is not a COVID-19 strategy

“Nigeria imposed a lockdown when it had few cases, then eased it as they accelerated. More importantly, it did not use the time it bought wisely.”

via African Arguments

The Impact of COVID-19 on Global Health: A comparative look at the African region

“As Africa responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries have shifted health agendas and funding to focus on outbreak preparedness and management. However, how has the outbreak impacted pre-existing health concerns? How have responses differed regionally?”

via Africa at LSE

Contact Tracing: Learning Lessons from Sierra Leone

“Working with the community, observing what they do, was no luxury in northern Sierra Leone: it was the key to stemming the outbreak.”

via African Arguments