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Millions of African children may die of COVID-19 effect – UNICEF

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Regional Chief of Communication, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jame Elder has said that United Nations estimated millions of African kids are going to die coming months not because they are infected by Covid-19 but because they are affected.

Speaking in a video made by the Chief on the official social platform of the world body, he said due to the virus hit, immunization programs, nutrition programs stopped, people unable to get into hospitals, the central services stopped, mummy and daddy are unable to buy food they need for their children.

According to him, “As COVID-19 spread around the world, it seem the world is hit with this deadly virus. Unfortunately today, things get worst for African children, United Nations estimated thousands of more African kids are going to die coming months not because they infected by Covid-19 but they are affected.

“This is about immunization programs in homes, nutrition programs in homes, people unable to get into hospitals, the central services stopped, mummy and daddy are unable to buy food they need for their children. Now, whenever UNICEF talks about big numbers, we never forget there are few adverses,  there’s face of the mum and there’s  face of the child beyond those numbers”, he said.

He urged African governments, corporate bodies and individuals to advocate in donating to the vulnerable. “As UNICEF is advocating to the Government to make sure containment measures are as important as they are but they don’t hold the kids, we urge government to support in donating to the vulnerable”, he appealed.


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