After the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) announced that only 6% of the COVID-19 deaths in the US were caused by the coronavirus, some other parts of the world report similar statistics.
Africa is one of the continents with the highest death rate, although it was not as affected at the beginning of the global pandemic.
The WHO (World Health Organization) is now telling us that the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Africa was not as accurate.
A lot of people who died in Africa during the pandemic have also suffered diabetes and hypertension, so the possible cause of death was not coronavirus only.
According to the WHO, 50% of Covid-19 deaths in Kenya were not coronavirus deaths only, and 85% of the COVID-19 deaths in the Democratic Republic of Congo were caused by some other pre-existing health condition.
Dr. Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, executive director of the African Institute for Health and Development in Kenya said, “For patients with NCDs, mental health status is something that I think we need to focus on, how they are coping with not only with the conditions but also with the fear of getting infected.”
The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Moeti says that the most important thing is to track the mutation of the virus in Africa and preparing for an effective response.