COVID-19 war balloons Africa’s spending

Africa continues to record new COVID-19 infections even as governments ramp up efforts to curb further spread of the disease.

The continent has registered nearly 32,000 infections and 1,423 deaths.

While the figures remain low compared to other regions globally, the World Health Orgaization has warned that the continent may be the next epicenter of the pandemic if its preventive and response measures are not strengthened.

Africa’s public healthcare systems have often been described as being fragile, with limited healthcare spending and personnel. Private sector players also barely fill the gap.

The fight against COVID-19 has already consumed huge chunks of resources across the continent, but is it enough?

At the start of the century, African governments agreed to spend no less than 15% of their national budgets on healthcare by 2015. By 2014, however only 4 countries were spending more than that level, and 18 others were between 10% to 15%, according to a 2016 UHC in Africa report.

As the fight against the pandemic rages on, CGTN took a look at the toll it’s taking on Africa’s economies. Take a look;