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PAMJ Special issue on COVID - 19 in Africa

The current COVID-19 pandemic has challenged even health systems that have traditionally been considered has resilient. From China through Europe, the Americas and Africa, the COVID-19 in progressing, unabated despite important efforts in place. Although Africa has been hit late compared to other continents, the World Health Organization, through its Director-General, and other global health experts warned African countries to prepare for the worst. Some experts have voiced their concerns about the effectiveness of these measures in curbing the expanding pandemic and their likely medium to long terms impact on African population. This special issue scans the early COVID-19 response landscape in Africa and invites work and reflections regarding: the overall preparedness and response in African countries; COVID-19 Epidemiology in Africa; local experiences in case management including challenges, ongoing clinical trials and innovations and coping strategies; Health system, health economics and socio-anthropological drivers of the disease and overall impact of the pandemic on all aspects of life in Africa

Guest editors:

  • Dr Scott JN McNabb, Research Professor Emory University, RSPH, Atlanta, USA
  • Dr Emmanuel Nsutebu, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease Division, Sheikh Shakbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi
  • Prof Chris Dickey, PHD, Director of Global Health and Environmental Health Sciences, New York University, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School
  • Dr Luchuo E. Bain PhD Fellow, Research Physician, Bioethicist, Innovation in Global Health Consultant. Scientific editor – the Pan African Medical Journal
  • Prof Eugene Sobngwi, MD, PhD, Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Yaoundé, Consultant Endocrinologist at Yaounde Central Hospital
  • Prof Charles Shey Umaru Wiysonge, Epidemiologist & Vaccinologist, Director, Cochrane South Africa
  • Prof Joseph C Okeibunor, Regional Social Scientist, The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa
  • Dr Raoul Kamadjeu, Managing Editor, Pan African Medical Journal, Kenya
  • Mr Bob Davis, Public Health Specialist, American Red Cross, Kenya
  • Dr Robin Biellik, Infectious Diseases Epidemiologist, AFR RITAG member, Geneva, Switzerland

Contact: The Pan African Medical Journal

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Table of contents


COVID-19 pandemic, Uganda’s story (Commentary)

David Lagoro Kitara, Eric Nzirakaindi Ikoona

Pan African Medical Journal. 27 May 2020. 35(2): 51

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The covid-19 pandemic: research and health development in the World Health Organisation Africa region (Perspectives)

Matshidiso Moeti, Joseph Cabore, Francis Kasolo, Zabulon Yoti, Felicitas Zawaira Moredreck Chibi, Soatiana Rajatonirina, Humphrey Karamagi, Helen Rees, Richard Mihigo, Michel Yao, Benido Impouma, Joseph Chukwudi Okeibunor, Ambrose Otau Talisuna

Pan African Medical Journal. 27 May 2020. 35(2): 50

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Polymorphous acral eruption and Covid-19 (Commentary)

Youness Elkhachine, Abdessamad Sakkah, Ihssane Hallab, Abderrazak Jakar, Mohamed Elhaouri, Jalal Elbenaye

Pan African Medical Journal. 26 May 2020. 35(2): 49

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Availability of drugs for severe COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa (Letter to the editors)

Sylvain Raoul Simeni Njonnou, Christian Ngongang Ouankou, Fernando Kemta Lekpa, Eric Vounsia Balti, Simeon Pierre Choukem

Pan African Medical Journal. 26 May 2020. 35(2): 48

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Towards effective participation of the private health sector in Ghana´s COVID-19 response (Commentary)

Belinda Afriyie Nimako, Frank Baiden, John Koku Awoonor-Williams

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 May 2020. 35(2): 47

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Implementing COVID-19 response within the context of the broader health system: a proposed framework for Africa´s policy makers (Commentary)

Abdu Abdullahi Adamu, Rabiu Ibrahim Jalo, Abdulkarim Ibrahim Dahiru, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 May 2020. 35(2): 46

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Blood cells morphology change with COVID-19 (Images in clinical medicine)

Maryame Ahnach, Fadwa Ousti

Pan African Medical Journal. 21 May 2020. 35(2): 45

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Knowledge, risk perception and preparedness towards coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak among Ghanaians: a quick online cross-sectional survey (Research)

Dorcas Serwaa, Emmanuel Lamptey, Anthony Baffour Appiah, Ephraim Kumi Senkyire, Jude Kyeremeh Ameyaw

Pan African Medical Journal. 20 May 2020. 35(2): 44

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Continuity of health service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic: the role of digital health technologies in Uganda (Commentary)

Louis Henry Kamulegeya, John Mark Bwanika, Davis Musinguzi, Pauline Bakibinga

Pan African Medical Journal. 20 May 2020. 35(2): 43

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COVID-19 and dentistry in sub-Saharan Africa: an urgent need to strengthen preventive measures in oral health care settings (Letter to the editors)

William Ndjidda Bakari, Célestin Danwang, Mazou Ngou Temgoua

Pan African Medical Journal. 20 May 2020. 35(2): 42

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Space-time COVID-19 monitoring in Morocco (Research)

Fatine Hadrya, Abdelmajid Soulaymani, Faiçal El Hattimy

Pan African Medical Journal. 20 May 2020. 35(2): 41

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Bacterial co-infections and superinfections in COVID-19: a case report of right heart infective endocarditis and literature review (Case report)

Rime Benmalek, Hanane Mechal, Hamza Choukrallah, Anas Maaroufi, El Ghali Benouna, Rachida Habbal, Ouissal Aissaoui, Anass Erragh, Afak Nssiri, Rachid AlHarrar

Pan African Medical Journal. 20 May 2020. 35(2): 40

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Anesthesia for COVID-19 patients: protocol and precautions (Letter to the editors)

Ouissal Aissaoui, Afak Nsiri, Yassine Hafiani, Rachid Alharrar

Pan African Medical Journal. 18 May 2020. 35(2): 39

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Digital technologies in the COVID-19 responses in sub-Saharan Africa: policies, problems and promises (Commentary)

Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga, Stella Bakibinga, David Baxter Mutekanga Bakibinga, Pauline Bakibinga

Pan African Medical Journal. 18 May 2020. 35(2): 38

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Comment prendre le pas sur le coronavirus dans un pays en développement: questions et actions au Burkina Faso (Commentary)

Emmanuelle Semporé, Herman Bazié, Bernard Ilboudo, Hervé Kpoda, Blandine Bila, Télesphore Somé, Olivier Sossa, Clément Méda, Hervé Hien

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 May 2020. 35(2): 37

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Immunity, parasites, genetics and sex hormones: contributors to mild inflammatory responses in COVID-19? (Essay)

Samuel Munalula Munjita, Mulemba Samutela, Kunda Ndashe, Sody Mweetwa Munsaka

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 May 2020. 35(2): 36

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Case report: a COVID-19 reactivation case (Case report)

Mohamed Anass Fehdi, Anas Erragh, Amine Zerhouni, Ouissal Aissaoui, Afak Nsiri, Rachid Alharrar

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 May 2020. 35(2): 35

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COVID-19 knowledge, attitudes and practices in a conflict affected area of the South West Region of Cameroon (Research)

Tendongfor Nicholas, Forlemu Vanessa Mandaah, Seraphine Nkie Esemu, Amana Bokagne Theresa Vanessa, Kouam Talla Destin Gilchrist, Lambou Fopa Vanessa, Nsagha Dickson Shey

Pan African Medical Journal. 13 May 2020. 35(2): 34

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Considerations for colorectal cancer surgery in Greece during Covid-19 pandemic (Letter to the editors)

Athanasios Syllaios, Spyridon Davakis, Nikolaos Garmpis, Konstantinos Stephanos Mylonas, Adamantios Michalinos, Ioannis Karavokyros

Pan African Medical Journal. 13 May 2020. 35(2): 33

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Using rapid online survey to assess public perceptions of Covid-19 in Gambia (Letter to the editors)

Mat Lowe

Pan African Medical Journal. 12 May 2020. 35(2): 32

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COVID-19 au Sénégal: réflexion d´un microbiologiste (Opinion)

Assane Dieng, Jean Baptiste Niokhor Diouf, Serigne Mbaye Lo Ndiaye

Pan African Medical Journal. 12 May 2020. 35(2): 31

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Reorganization of the imaging units in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic: experience of the Ibn Sina University Hospital in Rabat (Perspectives)

Fatima Zahrae Laamrani, Aicha Chaibi, Nabil Moatassim Billah, Ittimade Nassar, Fatima zahrae Lasri, Amal Amrani Alaoui, Laila Jroundi, Naoufel Madani

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 May 2020. 35(2): 30

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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and unintended pregnancy during the quarantine period (Letter to the editors)

Mansoureh Yazdkhasti

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 May 2020. 35(2): 29

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Case report: incidental findings of COVID-19 infection on positron emission tomography/computed tomography for staging of a giant gastric gastrointestinal stromal tumor (Case report)

Hamish Reed-Embleton, Khurram Shahzad Khan, Navin Mathias, Sajid Mahmud

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 May 2020. 35(2): 28

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Managing cancer care during the COVID-19 pandemic–experience at a cancer department in a tertiary hospital in Antigua and Barbuda (Essay)

Nandan Maruti Shanbhag, Joycelyn Condace Phillip, Albert Duncan

Pan African Medical Journal. 07 May 2020. 35(2): 27

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An alert on the incautious use of herbal medicines by sub-Saharan African populations to fight against the COVID-19 (Letter to the editors)

Jan René Nkeck, Edmond Elisée Tsafack, Aude Laetitia Ndoadoumgue, Francky Teddy Endomba

Pan African Medical Journal. 07 May 2020. 35(2): 26

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Clinical presentation, case management and outcomes for the first 32 COVID-19 patients in Nigeria (Research)

Abimbola Bowale, Akin Abayomi, Jide Idris, Sunday Omilabu, Ismail Abdus-Salam, Busayo Adebayo, Folarin Opawoye, Ore Finnih-Awokoya, Emmanuella Zamba, Hussein Abdur-Razzaq, Olufemi Erinoso, Tosin Onasanya, Patrick Ramadan, Sam Nyenyi, Evaristus Aniaku, Muhammad Balogun, Oyeladun Okunromade, Olusola Adejumo, Sunday Adesola, Tope Ogunniyan, Mobolanle Balogun, Akin Osibogun

Pan African Medical Journal. 06 May 2020. 35(2): 24

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Cochrane corner: factors that influence compliance by healthcare workers with infection prevention and control guidelines for COVID-19 and other respiratory infections (Commentary)

Sara Cooper, Alison Wiyeh, Bey-Marrié Schmidt, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 06 May 2020. 35(2): 23

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CT scan bilateral interstitial pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV 2 (Images in clinical medicine)

Danilo Coco, Silvana Leanza

Pan African Medical Journal. 06 May 2020. 35(2): 22

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Preparing communities to receive persons recently suspected or diagnosed with COVID-19 (Letter to the editors)

Martin Lubega, John Emoit Ekol

Pan African Medical Journal. 05 May 2020. 35(2): 21

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COVID-19 effects on national health system response to a local epidemic: the case of cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak in Ghana (Letter to the editors)

Derrick Mensah, Robert Asampong, Paul Amuna, Martin Amogre Ayanore

Pan African Medical Journal. 05 May 2020. 35(2): 20

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Renal transplantation during coronavirus pandemic (Letter to the editors)

Nikolaos Garmpis, Christos Damaskos, Anna Garmpi, Alexandros Patsouras, Athanasios Syllaios, Dimitrios Dimitroulis

Pan African Medical Journal. 04 May 2020. 35(2): 19

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Cochrane corner: effectiveness of quarantine in reducing the spread of COVID-19 (Research)

Jill Ryan, Akhona Victress Mazingisa, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 04 May 2020. 35(2): 18

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Migrant communities and the COVID-19 response in sub-Saharan Africa (Letter to the editors)

Ikenna Daniel Molobe, Oluwakemi Ololade Odukoya, Brenda Chukwufunanya Isikekpei, Flavio Francisco Marsiglia

Pan African Medical Journal. 03 May 2020. 35(2): 17

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Should medical students be involved in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? (Letter to the editors)

Dimitrios Moris, Efstathia Liatsou, Dimitrios Schizas

Pan African Medical Journal. 30 April 2020. 35(2): 16

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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on primary care research in a resource-limited setting: a commentary (Commentary)

Godpower Chinedu Michael, Ibrahim Aliyu

Pan African Medical Journal. 30 April 2020. 35(2): 15

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COVID-19 effects on national health system response to a local epidemic: the case of cerebrospinal meningitis outbreak in Ghana (Letter to the editors)

Derrick Mensah, Robert Asampong, Paul Amuna, Martin Amogre Ayanore

Pan African Medical Journal. 30 April 2020. 35(2): 14

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COVID-19: a perspective for lifting lockdown in Zimbabwe (Essay)

Mathias Dzobo, Itai Chitungo, Tafadzwa Dzinamarira

Pan African Medical Journal. 30 April 2020. 35(2): 13

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COVID-19 infection and oxidative stress: an under-explored approach for prevention and treatment (Letter to the editors)

Marie-Pierrette Ntyonga-Pono

Pan African Medical Journal. 29 April 2020. 35(2): 12

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COVID-19 pandemic: do we need systematic screening of patients with cardiovascular risk factors in Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) for preventing death? (Letter to the editors)

Mazou Ngou Temgoua, Liliane Mfeukeu Kuate, William Ngatchou, Aurelie Sibetcheu, Zouliatou Nzina Toupendi, Grace Belobo, Alice Ossa, Samuel Kingue

Pan African Medical Journal. 29 April 2020. 35(2): 11

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Thromboembolic risks in patients with COVID-19: major concern to consider in our management (Letter to the editors)

Mazou Ngou Temgoua, Liliane Mfeukeu Kuaté, William Ngatchou, Aurelie Sibetcheu, Zouliatou Nzina Toupendi, Grace Belobo, Alice Ossa, Samuel Kingue

Pan African Medical Journal. 27 April 2020. 35(2): 10

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Surgical Strategies in the Era of SARS-CoV-2 (Letter to the editors)

Dimitrios Dimitroulis, Nikolaos Garmpis, Christos Damaskos

Pan African Medical Journal. 27 April 2020. 35(2): 9

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Leveraging polymerase chain reaction technique (GeneXpert) to upscaling testing capacity for SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) in Nigeria: a game changer (Letter to the editors)

Olanrewaju Oladimeji, Bamidele Paul Atiba, Daniel Adedayo Adeyinka

Pan African Medical Journal. 21 April 2020. 35(2): 8

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Mental health during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic: more is still to be done (Letter to the editors)

Francky Teddy Endomba, Dominic Leandry Angong Wouna, Celestin Danwang

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 April 2020. 35(2): 7

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Maintaining quality newborn care in Ghana amid the COVID-19 pandemic (Letter to the editors)

Alhassan Abdul-Mumin, Faith Agbozo, Abdulai Abubakari, Albrecht Jahn

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 April 2020. 35(2): 6

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Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on bone marrow transplantation in Morocco (Letter to the editors)

Maryame Ahnach, Kamal Doghmi

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 April 2020. 35(2): 5

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SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing in Africa: needs and challenges (Letter to the editors)

Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi, Gabriel Ilerioluwa Oke, Peter Sunday Ademola, Iwendi Godsgift Chinemelum, Isaac Olushola Ogunkola, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III

Pan African Medical Journal. 14 April 2020. 35(2): 4

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Pandemic panic and anxiety in developing countries. Embracing One Health offers practical strategies in management of COVID-19 for Africa (Letter to the editors)

Keneth Iceland Kasozi, Regan Mujinya, Paul Bogere, Justine Ekou, Gerald Zirintunda, Salaviriuse Ahimbisibwe, Kevin Matama, Herbert Izo Ninsiima, Isaac Echoru, Emmanuel Tiyo Ayikobua, Godfrey Ssimbwa, Simon Peter Musinguzi, Robert Muyinda, Fred Ssempijja, Henry Matovu, Ewan MacLeod, Neil Euan Anderson, Susan Christina Welburn

Pan African Medical Journal. 14 April 2020. 35(2): 3

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Public trust in the time of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): the case of the DR Congo (Essay)

Guy- Lucien Whembolua, Daudet Ilunga Tshiswaka

Pan African Medical Journal. 09 April 2020. 35(2): 2

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How prepared is Africa to face COVID-19? (Commentary)

Raoul Emeric Guetiya Wadoum , Andrew Clarke

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 April 2020. 35(2): 1

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