Death rates from COVID-19 Pandemic infections are much higher in patients with diabetes in Africa, where the number of people with diabetes is growing rapidly, the World Health Organization announced on November 11, 2021 (Thursday).
A WHO analysis of data from 13 African countries found a 10.2% case fatality rate in COVID-19 pandemic patients with diabetes, compared with 2.5% for COVID-19 pandemic patients overall.
" COVID-19 is delivering a clear message : fighting the diabetes epidemic in Africa is in many ways as critical as the battle against the current pandemic, " said Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa, in a statement.
An estimated 70 % of people with diabetes on the continent were unaware they had disease, according to the WHO.
The number of people with diabetes in Africa is expected to surge to 55 million by 2045 from 24 million this year, the International Diabetes Federation forecasts.
The data from Africa on the increased vulnerability of people with diabetes to death from COVID-19 Pandemic reflects a global trend. As of Thursday, Africa has recorded over 8.6 million confirmed COVID-19 Pandemic cases and 220,000 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.
Less than 7% of the African population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, compared with about 40% globally, WHO announced.
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