Billionaire businessman and philanthropist Strive Masiyiwa has urged stricter testing and tracing of people for COVID-19 in African countries.
Writing on his popular Facebook blog, Masiyiwa called on African countries to prioritize strict testing and tracing of their citizens as a more effective and efficient way of combating the disease, given that in most African countries the infection numbers are still relatively low.
“Test, test, trace, trace, trace!
“Given the relatively low number of infections, in addition to critically important #social distancing and #handwashing, etc, that you already know about by now, our energy and resources should be directed primarily at two key areas to stop the spread:
We are not doing enough #Testing. We have to decentralize the testing process and make #Testing easy, accessible, and unintimidating.
It is far much cheaper to #Test, than to #LockDown!
Then we must redouble:
As you test, you focus on contact, very swift contact #Tracing.
During the Ebola crisis, countries like the DRC developed an amazing capability to #Trace and isolate those who had been in contact with anyone who tested positive and/or showed symptoms.
If you still have only 10 people who have tested positive, then focus on #Tracing, until you have everyone they #Contacted under strict isolation (but not in jail!)
Let’s ramp up #Testing and Contact #Tracing.”
Masiyiwa recently called on African governments to mobilize and take the lead in incentivizing healthcare workers in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic.