COVID-19 a ‘setback’ for Africa – Naledi Pandor

Naledi Pandor, the International Relations Minister to the President, says that the current COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the fragile health infrastructure in Africa.

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Minister Naledi Pandor at a media briefing hosted by The Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

According to the minister, even as the continent has grown in economies and democracy over the past few decades. There is still more work that is needed in its public health system.

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“I think this has been a calamity for the African continent, given the strides that we had made over the last two decades,” she said.

“Our economies had improved vastly, we had seen the strengthening of democracy and good governance in many parts of the continent and so this is a real setback and it has exposed our public health care systems as being fragile.”

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She further commended the continent’s coordinated approach to the coronavirus.

“What has been encouraging is the coordinated manner in which we have responded, led by the African Union and particularly by AU chairperson, Cyril Ramaphosa,” Pandor said.

“So I think, Africa, out of this experience has to ensure that all the inadequacies that have emerged as key barriers to fighting this pandemic must be addressed.”

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