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PAMJ Special issue on COVID 19 in Africa (Volume 2)

The world is facing one of the most serious health threats in history. 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. The control measures recommended or put in place have been described by some as late, inadequate, and incompatible with the sociocultural, anthropological, and economic realities of Africa. 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. The current focus on COVID-19 response may eventually distract from ongoing efforts to address known causes of morbidity and mortality on the continent such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea leading to an increase in non-COVID-19 related death, particularly in children of undeserved communities. In this second volume, the PAMJ continue to compile the best of African research on the pandemic.

Guest editors:

  • Dr Scott JN McNabb, Research Professor Emory University, RSPH, Atlanta, USA
  • Dr Ngozi Erondu, Independent Consultant (Public Health, Global Health Security), CEO, Project Zambezi, Associate Fellow, Chatham House, UK
  • Dr Duduzile Ndwandwe, Senior Scientist, South Africa Medical Research Council, South Africa
  • 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
  • Dr Peter Nsubuga, Global Public Health, Global Public Health Solutions, United States


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Table of contents

Malaria and COVID-19: commonalities, intersections and implications for sustaining malaria control (Essay)

Ikeoluwapo Oyeneye Ajayi, Olufemi Olamide Ajumobi, Catherine Falade

Pan African Medical Journal. 01 September 2020. 37(1): 1

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Social approaches to COVID-19 pandemic response: effectiveness and practicality in sub-Saharan Africa (Research)

Uchenna Anderson Amaechi, Babasola Olufemi Sodipo, Chukwudi Arnest Nnaji, Ayomide Owoyemi, Kasarachi Omitiran, Ijeoma Nkem Okedo-Alex, Ejemai Eboreime, Olufemi Ajumobi

Pan African Medical Journal. 02 September 2020. 37(1): 2

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COVID-19 pandemic: implementing control measures in Africa using the ´SHEF2´ model (Commentary)

Frankline Sevidzem Wirsiy, Claude Ngwayu Nkfusai, Denis Ebot Ako-Arrey, Eugene Vernyuy Yeika, Florence Titu Manjong, Dongmo Kenfack Esther, Rosette Boseme Nzoyom, Catherine Atuhaire, Jean-Claude Kindzeka Wirsiy, Samuel Nambile Cumber

Pan African Medical Journal. 03 September 2020. 37(1): 3

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Antibody tests for diagnosing COVID-19: how relevant are they? (Commentary)

Muki Shehu Shey, Bey-Marrié Schmidt, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 September 2020. 37(1): 4

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La prise en charge psychosociale des contacts de cas confirmés de COVID-19 à Touba, Sénégal (Commentary)

Ibra Diagne, Allé Baba Dieng, Ahmed Sougou, Albert Gautier Ndione

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 September 2020. 37(1): 5

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Preventing Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) and to avoiding intubation in patients with COVID-19: an experience from a reanimation service in Morocco (Letter to the editors)

Jaber El Kaissi, Noureddine Jebbar, Abdellatif Diai, Ali Zinebi, Jaouad Laoutid

Pan African Medical Journal. 10 September 2020. 37(1): 6

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Epidemiological characteristics and treatment outcomes of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 in Ethiopia (Research)

Beminet Moges Gebremariam, Kalegzabher Lukas Shienka, Biruk Assefa Kebede, Mathewos Geneto Abiche

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 September 2020. 37(1): 7

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Cochrane corner: digital contact tracing technologies in epidemics (Commentary)

Anelisa Jaca, Chinwe Juliana Iwu, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 12 September 2020. 37(1): 8

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Clinical characteristics, treatment regimen and duration of hospitalization among COVID-19 patients in Ghana: a retrospective cohort study (Research)

Mary Eyram Ashinyo, Vida Duti, Stephen Dajaan Dubik, Kingsley Ebenezer Amegah, Selorm Kutsoati, Ebenezer Oduro-Mensah, Peter Puplampu, Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Delese Mimi Darko, Kwame Ohene Buabeng, Anthony Ashinyo, Anthony Adofo Ofosu, Nyonuku Akosua Baddoo, Samuel Kaba Akoriyea, Francis Ofei, Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 September 2020. 37(1): 9

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Cochrane corner: rapid point-of-care antigen and molecular-based tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19 infection (Research)

Duduzile Ndwandwe, Lindi Mathebula, Raoul Kamadjeu, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 September 2020. 37(1): 10

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Comment différencier une pneumonie COVID-19 et un œdème aigu du poumon? À propos d´un cas (Case report)

Hicham Faliouni, Zakaria Lahlafi, Mohammed Malki, Zouhair Lakhal

Pan African Medical Journal. 17 September 2020. 37(1): 11

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The performance of routine immunization in selected African countries during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic (Research)

Balcha Girma Masresha, Richard Luce Jr, Messeret Eshetu Shibeshi, Bernard Ntsama, Abubacar N´Diaye, Jethro Chakauya, Alain Poy, Richard Mihigo

Pan African Medical Journal. 18 September 2020. 37(1): 12

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Respiratory distress in a patient with Klinefelter syndrome: a suspicion of COVID-19 hiding severe pulmonary embolism (Case report)

Elyes Lagha, Rami Tlili, Fares Azaiez, Rym Ben Romdhane, Kawther Bachraoui, Nourelhouda Nouira, Meriam Chaabouni, Youssef Ben Ameur

Pan African Medical Journal. 18 September 2020. 37(1): 13

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La lutte contre la COVID-19 au Cameroun nécessite un second souffle (Research)

Jean Valentin Fokouo Fogha, Jean Jacques Noubiap

Pan African Medical Journal. 18 September 2020. 37(1): 14

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Impact of COVID-19 on the cost of surgical and obstetric care: experience from a Nigerian teaching hospital and a review of the Nigerian situation (Essay)

AbdulHafiz Oladapo Adesunkanmi, Akaninyene Eseme Ubom, Olalekan Olasehinde, Olusola Benjamin Fasubaa, Omotade Adebimpe Ijarotimi, Abdul Rashid Kayode Adesunkanmi, Nwedobong Ededem Okon

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 September 2020. 37(1): 15

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Regional vulnerability for COVID-19 in Cameroon (Research)

Seth David Judson, Kevin Yana Njabo, Judith Ndongo Torimiro

Pan African Medical Journal. 23 September 2020. 37(1): 16

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COVID-19 and the Nigerian correctional service: need for structured data (Brief)

Asma Qureshi, Ima Kashim, Similolu Akintorin, Larissa Unruh, Sadhana Dharmapuri, Kenneth Soyemi

Pan African Medical Journal. 28 September 2020. 37(1): 17

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Poor knowledge of COVID-19 and unfavourable perception of the response to the pandemic by healthcare workers at the Bafoussam Regional Hospital (West Region-Cameroon) (Research)

Jovanny Tsuala Fouogue, Michel Noubom, Bruno Kenfack, Norbert Tanke Dongmo, Maxime Tabeu, Linda Megozeu, Jean Marie Alima, Yannick Fogoum Fogang, Landry Charles Rim A Nyam, Florent Ymele Fouelifack, Jeanne Hortence Fouedjio, Pamela Leonie Fouogue Nzogning Manebou, Clotaire Damien Bibou Ze, Brice Foubi Kouam, Lauriane Nomene Fomete, Pierre Marie Tebeu, Jean Dupont Ngowa Kemfang, Pascal Foumane, Zacharie Sando, George Enownchong Enow Orock

Pan African Medical Journal. 01 October 2020. 37(1): 19

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How does the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) contribute to the evidence based decision-making and practice during COVID-19 pandemic in ECOWAS region? (Commentary)

Issiaka Sombié, Ermel Johnson, Virgil Lokossou, Tete Amouh, Abdourahmane Sow, Nanlop Ogbureke, Stanley Okolo

Pan African Medical Journal. 02 October 2020. 37(1): 20

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among health care workers in Nasarawa State, Nigeria: implications for infection prevention and control measures (Research)

Adamu Ishaku Akyala, Jaggu Ruth Awayimbo, Margaret Itake Elayo, Olukemi Titilope Olugbade, Emmanuel Agbadu Akabe, Akinyinka Akinyoade

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 October 2020. 37(1): 21

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Tri et détection du COVID-19 par TDM thoracique low-dose chez des patients tout-venant au service de radiologie de l´Hôpital de Fann (Dakar-Sénégal) (Research)

Ibrahima Niang, Ibrahima Diallo, Joseph Coumba Ndoffene Diouf, Mamadou Ly, Mouhamadou Hamine Toure, Khadidiatou Ndiaye Diouf, Fallou Galass Niang, Ibrahima Faye, Mama Ndao, Geraud Akpo, Hamidou Deme, Abdoulaye Dione Diop, Sokhna Ba, Elhadji Niang

Pan African Medical Journal. 13 October 2020. 37(1): 22

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Knowledge, attitude and practice towards COVID-19 among workers of a tertiary hospital in Bayelsa State, Nigeria (Research)

Oghenekaro Godwin Egbi, Chika Duru, Benedicta Kasia

Pan African Medical Journal. 14 October 2020. 37(1): 24

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The calculated responses against COVID-19 in Namibia (Commentary)

Josephine Ndapewoshali Amesho, Attaullah Ahmadi, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 October 2020. 37(1): 25

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Fausse couche de 8 semaines d´aménorrhée chez une patiente positive au virus SARS-CoV-2 (Case report)

Mohammed Karam Saoud, Salma Lamsyah, Nissrine Mamouni, Sanaa Errarhay, Chahrazad Bouchikhi, Abdelaziz Banani

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 October 2020. 37(1): 26

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Clinical and laboratory characteristics of COVID-19 among adult patients admitted to the isolation centre at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital Bauchi, Northeast Nigeria (Research)

Yusuf Bara Jibrin, Okon Kenneth Okwong, Ibrahim Mahmood Maigari, Jacob Amos Dunga, Abubakar Muhammad Ballah, Mustapha Sabo Umar, Alkali Mohammed, Zuwaira Ibrahim Hassan

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 October 2020. 37(1): 27

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Clinical presentations and management of COVID-19 infected children seen in a district health facility in Kambia, northern Sierra Leone (Case series)

Hammed Hassan Adetola, David Ishola, Muhammed Olanrewaju Afolabi, Joseph Bangura, Isaac Gibril Sesay, Richmonda Pearce, Isaac Garrick, Bomposseh Kamara, Bailah Leigh, Brian Greenwood, Deborah Watson-Jones

Pan African Medical Journal. 27 October 2020. 37(1): 28

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Use of tocilizumab in a patient with severe COVID-19 in a Teaching Hospital in Ghana: a case report (Case report)

Yasmine Oladele Hardy, Kojo Awotwi Hutton-Mensah, Divine Aseye Yao Amenuke, James Amoah-Dankwah

Pan African Medical Journal. 29 October 2020. 37(1): 30

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Prospects of biotechnological production and adoption of COVID-19 serological assays in Nigeria (Letter to the editors)

Idris Nasir Abdullahi, Kabir Umar, Pius Omoruyi Omosigho

Pan African Medical Journal. 03 November 2020. 37(1): 31

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Restoring and maintaining robust maternity services in the COVID-19 era: a public health dilemma in Zimbabwe (Perspectives)

Grant Murewanhema, Munyaradzi Innocent Nyakanda, Mugove Gerald Madziyire

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 November 2020. 37(1): 32

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A descriptive study of the trends of COVID-19 in Zimbabwe from March-June 2020: policy and strategy implications (Research)

Grant Murewanhema, Trouble Burukai, Dennis Mazingi, Fabian Maunganidze, Jacob Mufunda, Davison Munodawafa, William Pote

Pan African Medical Journal. 09 November 2020. 37(1): 33

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Severe COVID-19 infection in a patient with a blastic transformation of a chronic myeloid leukemia and severe treatment-induced immunosuppression: a case report (Case report)

Louardi Mounir, Simou Mehdi, Fahmaoui Kawtar, Mansour Akram, Et-tahir Youness, Tabat Meryem, Joutey Tahiri Othmane, Elkhaouri Imane, Ezzouine Hanane, Charra Boubakar, Camara Marieme, Lamchahab Mouna, Harrach Asmaa, Quessar Asmaa

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 November 2020. 37(1): 34

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La lutte contre le COVID-19 au Niger: l´évaluation de la prévention et contrôle des infections dans les formations sanitaires de la communauté urbaine de Niamey (Perspectives)

Abdoulaye Mariama Baissa, Samba Hamani, Mahamane Ali, Arlette Leufak Mouako, Blanche-Philomene Melanga Anya, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 November 2020. 37(1): 35

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Implementing nationwide measles supplemental immunization activities in Ethiopia in the context of COVID-19: process and lessons learnt (Project evaluation)

Mulat Nigus, Meseret Zelalem, Kibrom Abraham, Amsalu Shiferaw, Mekonnen Admassu, Balcha Masresha

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 November 2020. 37(1): 36

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COVID-19 pandemic response fatigue in Africa: causes, consequences, and counter-measures (Commentary)

Olayinka Stephen Ilesanmi, Ayomide Esther Bello, Aanuoluwapo Adeyimika Afolabi

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 November 2020. 37(1): 37

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Views and experiences of discharged COVID-19 patients in Kano, Nigeria: a qualitative study (Research)

Naziru Bashir Mukhtar, Auwal Abdullahi, Muhammad Aliyu Abba, Jibril Mohammed

Pan African Medical Journal. 17 November 2020. 37(1): 38

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Shortfalls in home quarantine for COVID-19 prevention: a case report (Case report)

Chidzani Catherine Mbenge, Lebapotswe Tlale, Lisani Ntoni, Naledi Mokgethi, Sidney Otladisa Kololo, Rinett Pharatlhatlhe, Tuduetso Molefi

Pan African Medical Journal. 21 November 2020. 37(1): 39

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A scoping review on research agendas to enhance prevention of epidemics and pandemics in Africa (Research)

Jill Ryan, Alison Wiyeh, Humphrey Karamagi, Joseph Okeibunor, Prosper Tumusiime, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 24 November 2020. 37(1): 40

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COVID-19 infection in pediatric subjects: study of 36 cases in Conakry (Short communication)

Hugues Ghislain Atakla, Mahugnon Maurel Ulrich Dénis Noudohounsi, Aichat Yabo Salami, Hélène Sacca, Axel Gaël Houinato, Mamadou Ciré Barry, Guelngar Carlos Othon, Ayeratou Abèbi Adjadi, Dismand Stephan Houinato

Pan African Medical Journal. 08 December 2020. 37(1): 42

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Fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana: a report from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (Commentary)

Nana Kwame Ayisi-Boateng, Arti Singh, Joseph Abu-Sakyi, Phyllis Tawiah, Ivy Darkwa, Osei Kwaku Wusu-Ansah

Pan African Medical Journal. 09 December 2020. 37(1): 43

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Anaesthesiologist-intensivist phycisians at the core of the management of critically ill COVID-19 patients in Africa: persistent challenges, some resolved dilemma and future perspective (Essay)

Junnette Arlette Mbengono Metogo, Joel Noutakdie Tochie, Paul Owono Etoundi, Roddy Stephan Bengono Bengono, Raymond Ndikontar, Jacqueline Ze Minkande

Pan African Medical Journal. 11 December 2020. 37(1): 44

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Impact of COVID-19 on medical education and the challenges: how prepared is Nigeria? (Commentary)

Edmund Ndudi Ossai

Pan African Medical Journal. 14 December 2020. 37(1): 45

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Social distancing policies in 22 African countries during the COVID-19 pandemic: a desk review (Research)

Andre Verani, Catherine Clodfelter, Akshara Narayan Menon, Jennifer Chevinsky, Kerton Victory, Avi Hakim

Pan African Medical Journal. 14 December 2020. 37(1): 46

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COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrests in Africa: implication of recent #EndSARS protests for increased community transmission in Nigeria (Perspectives)

Chinenyenwa Ohia, Mobolaji Modinat Salawu

Pan African Medical Journal. 15 December 2020. 37(1): 47

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Cochrane corner: universal screening for SARS-CoV-2 infection (Research)

Duduzile Ndwandwe, Lindi Mathebula, Olatunji Adetokunboh, Raoul Kamadjeu, Charles Shey Wiysonge

Pan African Medical Journal. 16 December 2020. 37(1): 48

[PDF - 479 KB]

South Sudan: a young country’s fight against COVID-19 (Commentary)

Daniel Garang Aluk Dinyo, Attaullah Ahmadi, Melody Okereke, Mohammad Yasir Essar, Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III

Pan African Medical Journal. 17 December 2020. 37(1): 49

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Infection par le SARS-CoV-2 chez les femmes enceintes: série tunisienne de 11 cas (Research)

Chawki Mrazguia, Haithem Aloui, Hadhami Jaouad, Farouk Jaouad

Pan African Medical Journal. 17 December 2020. 37(1): 50

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Impact of COVID-19 infections on hemodialysis patients in the province of Blida, Algeria (Case series)

Mourad Kastali, Ahmed Youssef Kada, Sonia Ounnas

Pan African Medical Journal. 22 December 2020. 37(1): 51

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Level of implementation of WHO COVID-19 document on rights, roles and responsibilities of health care workers in a tertiary hospital in Southwest Nigeria (Research)

Oluseyi Ademola Adejumo, Oludamilola Adebola Adejumo, Oghenekaro Godwin Egbi, Olatunji Sunday Abolarin, Oladimeji Emmanuel Alli

Pan African Medical Journal. 29 December 2020. 37(1): 52

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Nigerian parents’ knowledge of COVID-19 and effect of lockdown on monthly earnings: an online survey (Research)

Datonye Christopher Briggs, Kattey Amos Kattey

Pan African Medical Journal. 30 December 2020. 37(1): 53

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