The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has said northern Nigeria is a high-risk region for the spread of COVID-19.
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Mark Suzman, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, said this in a conference call with some African journalists, The Punch reports.
He said the reason the north is at risk is due to its poor healthcare system.
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“We have worked extensively in the North because it is the poorest part of Nigeria. It does have sort of the weakest overall health infrastructure and facilities and that is also why the region has the highest child and maternal mortality rate.
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“Those characteristics are shared by several African countries including in the region that is comparable to the challenges in the other parts of the Sahel and other parts of the continent.
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“I don’t think there is anything sort of specific you call out other than the risks are obviously greater when you do have a very weak, underlying primary healthcare structure and system in place,” he was quoted to have said.