By Frank Ikpefan, Abuja
An international non-governmental organization, Save the Children International, has pledged to raise $ 30 million in support children and their families in countries affected by Coronavirus in Africa and worldwide.
The organization said there was an urgent need for support, as COVID-19 cases in Africa increase by more than 500% in a week.
According to the world body, if the virus continues to spread at this rate, the lives of thousands of children could be at risk.
He warned that health systems that serve some of the world's most vulnerable and marginalized children and families will be under increasing pressure as the number of cases increases.
Save the Children's Regional Advocacy Director Eric Hazard stated this in a statement yesterday in Abuja.
He noted that an increase in Covid-19 cases could risk disrupting nutrition, immunization and other health services for children, if facilities are overloaded, health workers become ill or families stay away for fear of contacting the virus.
Hazard said: “We must support countries with weaker health systems and remain with the poorest and most marginalized communities, which have no means to support and protect themselves from the impact of this outbreak.
“To support children and their families in affected countries on the African continent and around the world, Save the Children has launched an appeal to raise US $ 30 million in the coming months.
“International donors should invest in supporting countries to expand their health systems, with special support for countries that are less able to manage the outbreak, so that the impact on children and their highly vulnerable families is minimized as much as possible. . ”
Hazard noted that there are now at least 2,412 confirmed cases in 43 countries in Africa – an increase of more than 500% since March 17, with only nine countries without a confirmed case.
According to him, South Africa has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, followed by Burkina Faso, raising concerns that the virus could overburden the health system if infection rates continue to rise.