NIGERIA tops the list of five countries in the West African region contributing almost 80 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the subregion according to the West African Health Organisation (WAHO).
The other countries are Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Guinea.
Nigeria with its population of over 200 million people contributes 34% of the cases while Ghana contributes 25%, Cote d’Ivoire 13% Senegal 8% and Guinea 6%
Director General of WAHO, Prof. Stanley Okolo, in his presentation to Parliament, said that as at July 16, the five countries recorded 84,118 cases out of the 96,936 cases in the region.
Addressing members of ECOWAS Parliament during the Second Extraordinary Session, via video conference, Thursday, WAHO said that the case fatality rate in the region is under control.
Okolo said, “what is important is to note the case fatality rate. In our region, it is still relatively low at about 1.6 per cent, but that of course hides the fact that it is a rise from about 0.5 per cent to some countries that are at about 6 per cent.”
He said that the case fatality rate for the region was currently at a median of about 2.16% and an average of 1.6%.
“But the range of people dying after COVID-19 diagnosis is from about 0.57% in Ghana to about 6% in Niger.
“If you look at our active cases, it is common where we have a higher population density.
“We are not able to get all the figures from some districts in Mali and Niger due to insecurity.”
He re-echoed the disclaimer about the peculiarity or not of COVID-19 among certain age groups, sexes or class, and noted that the younger people accounted for more of the cases because of their nonchalance about precautions.
“Diagnosis is common in men than women, but when you look at the age distribution, from the youngest to the oldest, COVID-19 tends to cut across all ages but commonest in the young age group.
“These are the people who often don’t take things serious and that is the tragedy of our situation in West Africa, because they are the ones who often survive, but then, if they do infect the old ones, we will have a major problem. So, we have to target the young ones.”