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Women healthcare getting worse under COVID-19 – WHO



 WOMEN’S health services are not only far from being fully restored, but is getting worse under the pandemic.

  A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report issued ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) has found that 40 per cent of African countries reporting disruptions to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health services while their counterparts in other regions are not faring so well.

  Relying on analysis of 36 African countries that provided full data, the report disclosed that the extent of disruption remained largely unchanged from the first quarter of 2021 to reflect another WHO survey in 11 African countries that found that maternal deaths in health facilities of six countries rose by 16 per cent, on the average between February and May 2020 compared with the same period in 2019.

  Regretting the figure during a virtual press conference, yesterday, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, said the burden of COVID-19 on African women kicks from pre-existing social dynamics.

  “Two years on, the COVID-19 burden still weighs heavily on women. Africa’s mothers and daughters are struggling to access the health care they need. The pandemic’s disruptive force will be felt by women for many years to come. Countries must look beyond short-term measures to restore services to pre-pandemic levels and make major investments for stronger systems capable of withstanding health emergencies while ensuring continuity of key services,” she said.

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