“If the epidemic hits Africa the impact may be more serious,” WHO Africa director Luis Gomes Sambo told reporters at a meeting of African ministers for health in the Ethiopian capital
“The surveillance systems are weaker and the resources that are required are just not sufficient, so we are now in the process of preparation.”
Reuters adds the ministers are to discuss possible response plans to any outbreak of H1N1 during the two-day health conference that began on Thursday at African Union (AU) headquarters in
Worldwide, more than 2,000 people have been infected in 23 countries, and 44 people have died in
No cases have been confirmed in Africa, but doctors are investigating five potential cases — one in
WHO has ordered 1,000 doses of Tamiflu, the only drug that has been shown to be effective against the strain, for every African country, Sambo said. Distribution is under way.
“If we have this new type of influenza, it may compromise the already poor health conditions of people in
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said richer countries must donate money and drugs to poorer ones should H1N1 hit the developing world.