The challenges of COVID-19 testing in Africa: the Ethiopian experience.

Mulu A, Bekele A, Abdissa A, Balcha TT, Habtamu M, Mihret A, Alemayehu DH, Beyene GT, Bayih AG

Pan Afr Med J 38 (-) 6 [2021-01-05; online 2021-01-05]

Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly and creating a huge economic, social and public health challenge worldwide. Although currently an effective vaccine is ready, its distribution is limited, and hence the only currently available lever to reduce transmission is to identify and isolate individuals who are contagious. Thus, testing for SARS CoV-2 has a paramount importance. However, testing in many African countries including Ethiopia has multidimensional growing challenges. Here, we tried to identify, categorize and summarize the challenges of COVID-19 testing in Africa from Ethiopian experience.

Category: Public Health

Type: Journal article

PubMed 33520075

DOI 10.11604/pamj.2021.38.6.26902

Crossref 10.11604/pamj.2021.38.6.26902

pii: PAMJ-38-6
pmc: PMC7825374

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