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Ethiopia to start house-to-house screening for COVID 19

Addis Ababa city and Tigray regional state of Ethiopia are starting house-to-house screening for COVID 19 next week

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Addis Ababa City Mayor, Takele Uma

borkena
April 11, 2020

In the latest strings of response measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19, house-to-house screening for COVID 19 is set to launch in the capital Addis Ababa. 

Acting Mayor Takele Uma said on Saturday that the program would start as early as next week. 

With 1200 health professionals, the plan is to cover all localities while emphasizing more vulnerable communities in the City.  The administration in the City has called on retired health professionals to join the campaign. 

Reports from the ministry of Health indicate that some of the confirmed COVID 19 patients in the country do not have a travel history or exposure to infected persons. The City has an estimated population of about five million people, majority of whom are below the poverty line and multiples of slum neighborhoods – areas where it is difficult to practice social distancing and other preventive measures. Government has started to give out hand sanitizers but it is known that some places in the city do have shortages of water supplies.  

Another important initiative that Addis Ababa City Administration announced, in response to those whose economic situation could be impacted severely, is a food bank. The Mayor said 1200 centers are organized across the City. All localities in the City will have at least one. 

Government-led campaigns in the past couple of weeks encouraged staying home and social distancing measures in the capital Addis Ababa and the rest of the country, the result of which is not so encouraging as people fail to implement those measures. This week, the Federal government introduced a state of emergency to which the House of Peoples Representatives noded. 

Tigray

In a similar development, the Tigray regional state is launching house-to-house testing in all towns and districts, according to the Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) report, on Saturday. 

Authorities in the region say they have as many as 23000 health professionals ready to take part in the program, which is commencing on Monday. So far, the region did not report a single COVID 19 confirmed case, unlike the cases of Oromo and Amhara regional states of Ethiopia. 

According to the region’s Health Office head, Dr. Hagos Godefay, said, as cited by FBC, the plan is to cover 15 to 20 households a day in rural areas and 25 to 30 houses in urban centers.  On Thursday, the regional government extended emergency measures for three months. 

A total of 69 Coronavirus patients have been reported in Ethiopia until April 11 – of which ten have recovered from it. And three patients died from it. 

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Mitigation should always stay first . Without mitigation the disease becomes both the first and the last, while cure stays somewhere in between.

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  2. “With 1200 health professionals, the plan is to cover all localities while emphasizing more vulnerable communities in the City “.

    A.A estimated population is 5M

    “In a similar development, the Tigray regional state is launching house-to-house testing in all towns and districts, according to the Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) report, on Saturday “.

    Tigray population is roughly 4.6M

    The comparison of number of health professionals between A.A and Tigray is staggering. Tigray has 20 times more health professionals for roughly the same population.

    Authorities in the region say they have as many as 23000 health professionals ready to take part in the program, which is commencing on Monday “.

  3. Kudos for the effort. His is making the best of what is available. The greatest worry I have is this deadly virus will take a foot hold in the congested settlements with meager or no sanitizing means. Once it gets in there with high rate of malnutrition rate it will be nothing but a massacre. The faster the screening in those areas with quarantining those found to be infected with the virus the better for the fate of the nation as a whole. The lingering question I have is whether that country has the wherewithal to produce all the sanitizers, be it soaps or sanitizers it needs to combat the pandemic. Let’s do our part in every way we can to help the effort. May God Save Us All!!!

  4. In a country where no one knows how many people live , because the Census Count had been postponed repeatedly , by the federal government claiming Ethiopia is unable to hold a census count, now all of a sudden expecting tor the ” Oromo government of Addis Ababa ” to go door to door inorder to find infected people makes no sense, if anything it might be done to scout potential land seizures in Addis Ababa by evicting the residents.

    Tigray prepared enough volunteers and enough military personnel to assist in this action of house to house search , but Addis Ababa do not even have Liyu Hayil especial forcec as Tigray does so you see the difference . This is a pure example how the Tigre systemic constitution had burried alive the Addis Ababa’s people relatively more than any other part of the country’s residents .

    Those people going house to house in Addis Ababa must be Oromo city employees that were on a verge of getting laid off , with the Acting Mayor of Addis Ababa government coming up with this ” keanget belay letayta ” competition with Tigray inorder to keep them on the payroll.

    Now Addis Ababa ,Dire Dawa ..need strong locally grown Liyu Hayil especial forces from within , so residents of Addis Ababa can solve their own issues with no half-ass actions costing Addis Ababa tax payers budgets much needed resources !!!

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