Quality health system cannot be achieved overnight or through increased healthcare spending during pandemic. Investment in healthcare is essential to the economic and social development of a nation. Unfortunately, healthcare financing across the continent has not been overly remarkable. There is a school of thought that believes that since the political elites have an alternative by flying out to Europe, North America and Asia for treatment, the public healthcare has been left under-funded to a large extent. Now with all borders closed and planes grounded, African elite would have to make do with the healthcare system which they have neglected over the years. The average cost of a ventilator is about $35,000. Across Africa, there are more SUV/4×4/V8 vehicles for political office holders than ventilators. The quality of healthcare is not about the high numbers of ventilators but the healthcare package consisting of trained health workers, equipment, surveillance system.
NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES PER AFRICA COUNTRY AND VENTILATORS OF EACH COUNTRY.
Lybia has a has forty (40) COVID-19 cases with thirty seven (37) active cases has three hundred and fifty ventilators, Ghana has one thousand and forty two (1042) with nine hundred and thirty six(936) active cases, Ethiopia, one hundred and eight cases with eighty nine active cases has five hundred and fifty six ventilators, Namibia, sixteen cases with ten active cases has ten(10) ventilators, Sierra Leone, thirty cases has thirty ventilators. Kenya with two hundred and seventy cases has two hundred and fifty nine(259)
The table below shows the number of ventilators for selected countries in Africa (ref NYT/JHU).
Source: AJNewsonline.com. || Godwin Wepeba Aloriwe