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Africa faces 4th wave of COVID-19 due to Omicron variant – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

Africa is being hit by the fourth wave of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, driven by the Omicron variant, after recording the fastest weekly surge in new cases since May 2020. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa “Africa is now officially in the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is partly due to the Omicron variant,’’ World Health ...

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About 86% of COVID-19 infections in Africa go unnoticed – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

About 86 per cent of all coronavirus infections in Africa go unnoticed, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported on Thursday, October 14, 2021. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The WHO puts the number of all infections on the continent at 59 million, over seven times more than the eight million reported cases. “The high number of unreported ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 deaths increased by 43% in one week, says WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa recorded a 43 per cent week-on-week rise of COVID-19 mortality. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa This, however, increases hospital admissions, as countries face shortages in oxygen and intensive care beds. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, disclosed this during a virtual press conference on Africa’s COVID-19 update organised ...

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146,000 Africans die yearly from tobacco-related diseases, says WHO

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has revealed that no fewer than 146,000 Africans die annually from tobacco-related diseases. According to scientists, tobacco smoking is dangerous to health Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said this on Thursday, June 17, 2021 during a virtual news conference. Moeti said tobacco was  the leading cause of preventable deaths in the world and emphasised that ...

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Africa’s COVID-19 infections surging by 20% amid third wave – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The COVID-19 positive cases in Africa is surging by 20 per cent on a weekly basis, as most countries in the continent enters a third wave. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa A World Health Organisation (WHO) official said on Thursday, June 17, 2021. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, said the continent is already reeling from ...

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1.2m non-smokers die from exposure to tobacco smoke yearly – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says no fewer than 1.2 million people die annually due to exposure to tobacco smoke. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Moeti said this in her message to mark 2021 World No Tobacco Day with the theme, “Commit to quit.” May 31 of every year is ...

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Africa urgently needs 20m second doses of COVID-19 vaccines – WHO

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World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa needs at least 20 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in the next six weeks to get second doses to all who received a first dose. Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The UN health ...

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COVID-19 cases in Africa to top 4m this week, says WHO Regional Office

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Africa is poised to surpass four million COVID-19 infections this week, since the first confirmed case on the continent was announced in February 2020. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa WHO Regional Office for Africa disclosed this in a statement issued from its headquarters in Brazzaville, Congo, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. ...

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Africa in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination – WHO

Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that Africa is in danger of being left behind in COVID-19 vaccination as prices spike due to competition in other regions. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the agency’s Regional Director for Africa, gave the warning during a briefing on Thursday, January 21, 2021. Moeti stated that Guinea ...

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WHO announces end of 11th Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

Dr Matshidiso Moeti

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 announced the end of the 11th Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), nearly six months after the first cases were reported in Equateur Province. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa The outbreak took place in communities scattered across dense rain forests as well as ...

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