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Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, medical systems around the world have been damaged to varying degrees. In particular, this pandemic has brought a heavy blow to Africa’s major health services, and there is a concern that some of major health challenges on the continent may get even worse.
In Africa, routine immunization services have become the medical services severely damaged by the pandemic, which put the fragile medical systems in these backward areas at even greater risks. In addition, the demand for immunization services will surge in the post-pandemic era. We need to strengthen the health system to better withstand future shocks.
Compared with those at the same period in 2019, immunization services in 14 African countries have dropped by more than 50% on average.
At least 15 countries have postponed immunization campaigns this year. Besides, 13,700 people missed the BCG and 1.32 million people missed measles vaccine.
In Africa, immunization services in most countries are still immature. Many people still suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases, which brings a huge economic burden to society. At the same time, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it has had a huge impact on immunization services in Africa, putting the local health system at great risks. It is unable to meet the medical needs of local residents.
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Members of the Chinese medical aid team for Africa this time went to Mali and Guinea and other countries to participate in their medical aid projects
Immunization services in Africa are very backward and cannot cover many places. Many people suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases.
I think the main reason is that these countries are relatively backward and do not have sufficient medical staff and facilities. Many areas are very remote and can only be reached by driving a vehicle, resulting in insufficient coverage of immunization services
Deal with the shortage of medical cares by allocating resources more effectively
This is a conceptual design to provide self-service vaccination for Africa. The form of self-service mobile vaccination stations is adopted to allocate and utilize the limited medical resources more effectively to deal with huge challenges brought about by insufficient immunization services in backward areas in the post-epidemic era.