Dear friends, dear friends,The epidemic of the covid19 corona virus continues to expand. Slowly, it is spreading and growing on the African continent. In the world out of a thousand (1000) tested positive cases, twenty three (23) are African, three (3) more than last week. Out of a thousand deaths related to COVID19, eleven (11) are African, one (1) more than last week.By Mary Teuw Niane
The COVID19 corona virus also continues to grow in our country, Senegal, with an average of one (1) deaths per two (2) days. As Professor Moussa Seydi says, the multiplication of positive cases leads to an increase in the probability of having serious cases and, unfortunately, deaths. The mortality rate increased slightly this week from 1.1% to 1.2%. It remains below the African rate which has fallen to 2.9% and very far from the world rate which is 6.06%.
The COVID19 corona virus also continues to grow in our country, Senegal, with an average of one (1) deaths per two (2) days.
At a time when North America is overtaking Europe in number of positive cases and South America, with Brazil at its head, is fast approaching, Africa remains for minds well-thinking an enigma. Senegal, for example, with sixteen (16) million inhabitants has forty two (42) deaths, while the Netherlands, in Europe, with seventeen (17) million inhabitants have five thousand nine hundred and one (5951) deaths and Ecuador, in South America, at three thousand three hundred and thirty four (3334) deaths. This favourable situation for Africa must encourage us to be more vigilant, more organized, more methodical and more rigorous in order to defeat this pandemic. So we should establish a specific strategy to suppress the epidemic in the Dakar region, the department of Mbacké and Thiès. Focusing only on Dakar by leaving Mbacké aside will not solve the problem in the medium and long term. I recall that the Khalife General of the Mourides, Serigne Mountakha Bassirou Mbacké was one of the first authorities to understand the importance of the fight against COVID 19 by handing over a contribution of two hundred million francs. It is then natural to be able to count on its support to mobilize the populations of the department of Mbacké, and beyond, in the advocacy for the respect of measures barriers to stop COVID 19. It is the place to congratulate the Governor of Tambacounda, the territorial administration, the health personnel, the defence and security forces and the populations of Goudiri who allowed the extinction.
Multinational drug companies think first of the opportunity to make money than to cure patients at low cost. Africa is the last wheel of the cart!
This week, with the article in the journal The Lancet, the very strong link between health, medical research, drugs and capital has reappeared! Multinational drug companies think first of the opportunity to make money than to cure patients at low cost. Africa is the last wheel of the cart! One more reason to equip our research laboratories, finance our research projects and value our endogenous knowledge.
Finally, wintering is coming. Our crops today will produce our crops of tomorrow and will ensure our grain self-sufficiency in 2021. Everything must be done for this agricultural campaign to succeed, it is our dowry against famine and malnutrition that the birds of bad omen predict to Africa for next year.
Let’s respect the barrier measures!
United and committed, we will succeed!
Mary Teuw Niane
30 May 2020