In South Africa, vaccination undermined by riots
The vaccination campaign had to be locally suspended because of the violence that has shaken for six days the provinces of Gauteng (Johannesburg) and Kwazulu-Natal (Durban), whose death toll stood on Friday July 16 at at least 117 dead . The country, the most affected on the continent by the pandemic, is going through a severe third wave of coronavirus contamination (SARS-CoV-2).
The Delta variant has taken precedence over other forms of the virus and its great contagiousness is causing an exponential increase in cases. “For the moment we have had to suspend vaccinations in Kwazulu-Natal”, a indicated, Wednesday, July 14, in a press release the private hospital group Netcare.
Difficulties in transporting drugs
Médecins sans frontières (MSF), present in the region, has also had to interrupt certain activities. “There is an urgent need to ensure that health facilities and supplies are not targeted”, said the NGO.
The main problem is linked to the difficulties of transporting stocks of medicines to health centers, as transport between the economic capital Johannesburg and the east is hampered. Healthcare workers have also been prevented from going to hospitals, some of which have had to be temporarily closed.
Originally caused by imprisonment on July 8 of former President Jacob Zuma, violence has intensified in recent days amid an economic crisis and unemployment, creating an influx of injured in emergency hospital wards, as doctors and nurses are overwhelmed and exhausted by the management of the health crisis.
South Africa has more than 2.2 million cases of contamination and 65,100 deaths, including 633 in the last twenty-four hours.