British newspapers talk about the “remarkable achievements” of some African countries in fighting the Corona virus epidemic, the “uselessness” of applause in tribute to health and health care workers in Britain and the reason for “delaying” the return of English Premier League club players to training.
The Africa Experience
In an article in the Guardian newspaper, Avwa Hirsch highlights Africa’s “active” experience in fighting the Covid 19 epidemic.
“Why are Africa’s successes facing the Corona virus ignored?”
And she says, “Examples of (African) innovation don’t get the massive attention they get if they leave Europe or the United States.”
Referring to African countries, Avua says, “There is deep concern about what (the epidemic) might mean for low-income countries and the prevailing informal economies that are difficult to organize, and the number of healthcare facilities in them is much lower than in the UK or Italy.”
Nevertheless, the author adds, African countries have made progress in dealing with the epidemic.
“What happened is that many African countries realized early on the importance of large-scale and costly tests,” Avua says, “and they had no choice but to take a” more creative approach “to the epidemic.
“Take the two African countries that I consider my homeland, Senegal and Ghana. Senegal has developed Coved 19 test instruments that cost one dollar per patient, and it is hoped that in less than 10 minutes it will reveal both current or previous infections by examining saliva or antibody checks,” she added. The counter itself. ”
Although she indicated that it is difficult to know exactly how this compares with the price of tests in Britain, “Many of these tests use the PCR method to detect the virus, and it costs hundreds of dollars.”
“I can confirm that a prospectus that came to my house in London this week was offered special test kits for £ 250.”
Avua notes that Senegal “is in good shape because its plan to confront Covid 19 began in earnest in January, as soon as the first international alert about the virus came out. The government closed the border, launched a comprehensive plan for follow-up to the infected, and provided beds for each patient with the virus in any community hospital or health facility.” ”
The result, says the author, is that “this country of 16 million people has experienced only 30 deaths. The government has recognized each death separately.”
“At each of these stages, the UK did the opposite, and now faces more than 35,000 deaths.”
In Ghana, which has a population of 30 million, the death toll is similar to that in Senegal, according to the author, who says, “This is partly due to a large-scale system for tracking casualties, the use of a large number of community health workers and volunteers, and other innovative testing techniques … WHO is studying the merits of this approach now. ”
Across the African continent, the author says, “the lack of expensive medicines, not to mention the historical distrust of these medications, has increased interest in whether traditional herbal remedies are beneficial. One of the plants – Artemisia annua,” belongs to the “sweet wormwood”, which belongs To the family of flowering plants – special attention after the President of Madagascar, Andre Rajoelina, claimed it was a cure for Covid 19.
The author drew attention to the fact that this may seem a Trump approach, referring to the recent statements of the US President regarding treatments for Coved 19, noting that the World Health Organization warns of the need for more experiments before a proposed treatment for the disease is called.
However, the author says that the reputable Max Planck Institute in Germany told her that he is currently conducting clinical trials on different strains of the same plant, and that the results are “interesting.”
Applause “without mind or meaning”
The British used to clap every Thursday evening to salute the staff of the National Health Service and health care institutions. However, Sofia Akram says that this applause no longer means anything.
And in exchange for The Independent, “Don’t clap for the caregivers, that doesn’t mean anything when the government fails them so deeply,” the author says, “We stand on our doorsteps and balconies to express our joy with a broken system, and encourage health workers to pay the price for this out of their lives.”
Sofia says weekly applause across the country is now being criticized.
“What is the purpose of applause, as the pessimists say, when health workers get low wages? And when we voted collectively for a government that was cutting NHS funding and withdrawing support, it weakened its ability to deal with the crisis.”
Sofia says her response to fears has always been that she chose to vote for a party that pledges more funding for the health service and has been strongly supporting NHS for years. I took to the streets in support of underprivileged nursing students, in protest at reduced service spending and the advance of privatization.
She points out that she, like many, “means HS me a lot personally. Without her, I would have seen my loved ones die early. So why don’t I clap for their employees now, when they face the biggest challenge in their working lives?”
The author reviews the reasons for her criticism of applause as a way to express gratitude to health professionals. It refers to criticisms of the way the government deals with them.
“It is shocking that, as the virus continues, doctors buy protective equipment at their own expense, and help provide it to thousands of key workers, all after prolonged work and emotional attrition in our hospitals,” she says.
And she stresses that in light of what was announced recently about the conditions of these worlds, “it seems, increasingly, that the applause without thinking every Thursday evening is meaningless. More importantly, nurses and doctors are asking us to stop now.”
“We are not heroes. This is not a sacrifice. It is not courage … We are not soldiers. We are workers without protection, they die, we just try to do our job. What happens is by any standard, in any business, and in Any part of this country is considered a crime and must be dealt with as such. “
“Non-critical” tests postpone training
As English football fans await the decision to return Premier League Premier League, the Daily Mail newspaper reveals that the tests for infection with Corona virus for some players were inconclusive, which led to the postponement of their participation in training in preparation for the expected return of playing.
The newspaper is singled out with information indicating that “a number of Premier League players have been forced to wait before returning to training.”
“The inconclusive Corona virus tests are delaying the movement of many Premier League clubs, whose players and staff are waiting for the green light to return to training,” says a report written by Adrian Kagumba.
The report says that the results of the tests “were not negative or positive,” noting that “it was necessary to re-test several stars to detect the virus after the results were inconclusive.”
According to the report, “a number of English Premier League players have been forced to wait for the green light to participate in training this week after the results of the Corona virus tests were inconclusive.”
The newspaper’s information indicates that the tests were repeated for a group of eight people believed to be players and employees, after their first attempts did not reveal a positive or negative result due to insufficient information about the smears.
The report states that “since negative test scores must be obtained before any participation in training is permitted, the test must be taken again.”
The report quotes the club’s technical managers as “their concerns about the uncertainty of the outcome.”
The newspaper notes that “the precise testing protocol to be followed by the Premier League in the event of the resumption of matches has not yet been finalized.” “Work is now underway on this protocol, in accordance with government advice,” she added.