The first case of Covid-19 in the world was first reported in Wuhan, China in 2019. However, the origin of the virus and transmission to human beings is still unknown. It was speculated that the virus could have originated from the wet /seafood markets in Wuhan and many more speculations that have never been brought to finalization.
The first case of Covid-19 in Africa was reported in Egypt which spread quite fast throughout the continent at a time when the European and Asian continents were at the peak of the pandemic with cases of up to thousands of infections a day
The unlikely source and the fast spread of the virus have to date disrupted the slowly growing African economy. African governments quickly took the initiative to educate their citizens of the covid-19 through the directives of the World Health Organization (WHO) to fight and reduce the spread of the virus.
Countries such as Rwanda took the initiative to provide the kits and also rolled out testing centres for the citizens. In Kenya, the government introduced similar measures in order to protect the citizens from getting exposed more to the virus urging them to social distance themselves, wearing masks, and washing their hands regularly.
The head of state also introduced curfew as a way of reducing the spread. Similarly, other African heads of states introduced different guiding measures which have helped in some way to curb the spread of the virus through the continent.
International donor organizations have also stepped in severally to the governments come up with measures to help flatten the curve of spread and also stabilize the economy as a result of the pandemic.
For instance, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) set aside funds to equip African countries with the necessary tools to help stop the spread of the virus such the personal protective equipment for the health workers who are at great risk of catching the virus.
Last month, Africa also received the first batch of the covid-19 vaccines that will help curb the spread of the virus. Frontline workers like teachers, nurses, doctors, and security personnel are among the first beneficiaries of the vaccine. Kenya has already received their first batch of vaccines and health care workers, teachers and other frontline workers are among those who will be the first to receive the jab. This process would likely take up to two years to vaccinate the whole of its population.
For instance, Kenya will be able to vaccinate its citizens by end of 2022. While the African states have also been at the forefront to ensure the equity of resources and protecting their citizens through the stern measures to curb the spread of the virus, there still have been inconsistencies in the pending of the covid-19 funds that has since become a matter of concern.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) set aside funds to equip African countries with the necessary tools to help stop the spread of the virus such the personal protective equipment for the health workers who are at great risk of catching the virus.
Scientists and medical workers have worked really hard to come up with a vaccine for the virus despite the challenges; several countries have received vaccine donations that would help reduce the spread of the virus.