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#COVID19: AU Commission President Says Pandemic Exposes Weaknesses Of African Health Systems

“The COVID-19 pandemic besides its disastrous health and socio-economic effects, has above all, brought to light the structural weaknesses of our health systems in Africa.”

The President of the African Union Commission has said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the structural weaknesses in African health systems.

Moussa Faki Mahamat, who was speaking on Thursday, Jan. 20, during a two-day ordinary session of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) of the African Union, said “the COVID-19 pandemic besides its disastrous health and socio-economic effects, has above all, brought to light the structural weaknesses of our health systems in Africa.”

The AU Commission president called on the African envoys to envisage initiatives which would permit the amelioration of health systems in Africa.

“The attention which you have accorded to operationalisation modalities of the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC Africa, to partners in the manufacture of vaccines and to the quantitative aspects of the instruments of ratification for the creation of the African Agency for Medicaments, would certainly facilitate the beginning of a rupture with the current dominant scheme and towards putting Africa in a renewed approach to questions of health,” the AU Commission president indicated.


The CPR meeting, which brought together envoys of Africa on a virtual platform, had to examine the proposed agenda and decisions of the 40th ordinary session of the Executive Council and the agenda of the 35th ordinary session of the African Union Assembly which would hold respectively on the 2nd and 3rd and the 5th and 6th February, 2022.


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Chief Bisong Etahoben

Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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