Tuesday, May 19, 2020

DRC and Covid-19

The Congo (DRC) is used to emergencies and people dying, whether it’s a result of the long-running conflict or Ebola, cholera and malaria.

People are now suffering from Covid-19 or the consequences of the government-imposed lockdownMany of the older people have chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes, and without public transport were unable to get their medicines. They have no money for taxis. Older people here really have nothing. There is no state pensions in the DRC. The economy is weak, with limited funds to support older people or sustain a robust health system. On the other, many aid agencies prioritise other groups such as women and children.

Kinshasa’s hospital had no ventilators and very few health workers. Many had left, too scared to work without PPE.

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