In a recent development, Gabon has witnessed a surge in seasonal flu cases, with a total of 5,964 instances reported from October 6 to November 9, 2023, as per the country's Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Adrien Mougougou. Alongside, a total of 25 cases of COVID-19 have surfaced in the capital city of Libreville and its proximate areas, leading to the hospitalization of five patients.
Reactivation of Epidemic Response Unit
In response to the escalating health crisis, the operational epidemic response unit has been reenergized. This strategic move aims at curtailing the spread of both the seasonal flu and COVID-19, thereby safeguarding the health of the Gabonese populace.
Rapid Diagnostic Tests Made Available
In a further move to streamline the diagnosis process, rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 have been introduced in major health facilities across the country. This provision is expected to expedite the identification and treatment of the virus, ensuring the wellbeing of the citizens.
Implications for the Health Sector
The concurrent rise in flu and COVID-19 cases poses a significant challenge to Gabon's health sector. With the reactivation of the epidemic response unit and the availability of rapid diagnostic tests, the country is making concerted efforts to combat the dual health threat.